We Got The Jazz - Chuck Stewart Exhibition

We Got the Jazz: The Music Photography of Chuck Stewart.

Chuck Stewart, an African American fine art photographer, is the most important music photographer of the twentieth century.  Period. He was the only photographer in the room when John Coltrane recorded the iconic A Love Supreme.

Every music label & top producers of the fifties and sixties counted Chuck as one of their go to photographers, his photographs have graced over 2,000+ album covers, including the cover of Nina Simone’s first album “Little Girl Blue.”

With a 60+ year career, every jazz luminary & other musical legends, at one time or other found themselves in front of Chuck’s lens.  Many considered him a friend.  A young Quincy Jones beckons before a studio orchestra, to Pharoah Sanders assuming a spiritual pose, Maya Angelou singing Calypso, before she was a world-renowned author, Sarah Vaughan looking after Jazz Trumpeter Thad Jones’ young son Bruce, in the studio as the music plays.  The extraordinary, intimate jazz of the later half of the twentieth century.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane – April 1962

Billie Holiday

Bille Holiday – May 1962

Now for the first time outside the United States a comprehensive collection of his Jazz images will be presented at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in St Peters Church.


Curated by Limerick’s own Brian “B+” Cross (Mochilla) and festival director Mark Murphy (Choice Cuts) in close collaboration with the Chuck Stewart Estate & Fireball Entertainment Group. This is sure to be one of the unmissable events of the revitalized Jazz Festival and a new regular feature of the programming annually – exploring the relationship of the visual arts with Jazz.