Chuck Stewart (American, 1927-2017) Eric Dolphy, 1964,
Gelatin silver print, 17/100 Bank of America Collection ©
Chuck Stewart Photography LLC/Fireball Entertainment Group

The Newark Museum of Art presents Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection highlight portraits of jazz musicians captured by photographers as dynamic as their subjects. These photographs portray jazz music as the authentic, sensual, improvisational genre historically at the forefront of African-American music.

The exhibition includes 33 black and white images by 15 photographers dating from the 1920s to the 1980s and depicts a wide range of musicians and performance artists. Many are legends of the uniquely American art forms of jazz and modern dance, while some are simply members of local communities entertaining their neighbors.

Visitors can take a short BuzzFeed-style quiz to find out which jazz artist they most relate to and receive a take-out button with a portrait of that musician. As additional experiences, a Billy Holiday performance plays in a recreated early 20th-century jazz café and a map of 1920s jazz clubs and landmarks showcases Newark’s vibrant music scene.

Jazz Greats: Classic Photographs from the Bank of America Collection until August 21, 2022.

For more information, visit newarkmuseumart.org.

This exhibition was loaned by the Bank of America Art in our Communities® program.

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