Masters of Jazz Photography — Chuck Stewart

October 18th, 2014


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Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis and Johnny Griffin
New York, 1960

Photo by Chuck Stewart

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The great improvisational American jazz musicians of the mid-20th century inspired a generation of photographers to develop a looser, moodier style of visual expression. That evocative approach is on striking display in The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography. Covering six decades of performers — from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to John Coltrane and Miles Davis — this unique collection is as much a comprehensive catalogue of jazz greats as it is a salute to the photographers who captured them.

Lee Tanner was a leading authority on jazz photography. He selected works — by such noted jazz photographers as Herman Leonard, Bob Willoughby, Milt Hinton, and Bill Claxton —that are iconic, candid, explosive, and intimate. They provide a simultaneous look at jazz, photography, and America from 1935 into the 1990s.#

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In honor of the late Mr. Tanner, Jerry Jazz Musician presents a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in The Jazz Image.

This edition: Chuck Stewart

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     Chuck Stewart was born in 1927 in Texas, but soon moved to Tucson, Arizona.  Music was an interest from an early age, but he was not naturally talented.  “Since I could not be a great musician,” Stewart explained, “I became a photographer.”  He received a BFA in photography from Ohio University, where Herman Leonard was a fellow classmate; Stewart described Leonard as his greatest photographic influence.  Leonard already had a studio in New York when Stewart graduated in 1949, and Stewart worked as Leonard’s assistant until he was drafted into the army in 1951 for a two-year tour as a combat photographer in Korea.  Stewart returned to New York in 1953 and became a staff photographer for the magazine Our World.  Then in 1955 Leonard called from Paris to say he was staying in Europe – and offered his studio and business to Stewart.  Stewart has since retired from day-to-day business.  His book Chuck Stewart’s Jazz Files spans three decades of the jazz scene.




stewart-coltraneJohn Coltrane, 1966

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stewart-dolphyEric Dolphy, 1964

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Quincy Jones

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Betty Carter

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Bill Evans

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John and Alice Coltrane, 1966




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About the Author


Lee Tanner photographed jazz musicians for nearly half a century. His photographs have appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Times, American Photo, and Popular Photography, on the covers of many record albums, and in several books.


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# Text from the publisher

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Visit Chuck Stewart’s website

Read our interview with Lee Tanner

Remembering Lee Tanner


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