Charles "Teenie" Harris, James "Honey Boy" Minor on percussion, Joe Westray on electric guitar, Erroll Garner behind piano, and George "Ghost" Howell on bass, on stage of Harlem Casino (detail), ca. 1939–1940, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Teenie Harris Photographs: Erroll Garner and Jazz from the Hill

Museum of Art Lobby

Pittsburgh was a hub for jazz in the 20th century during its golden age, and photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris seemed to capture every electrifying show. Teenie Harris Photographs: Erroll Garner and Jazz from the Hill features the work of two iconic Pittsburgh artists: Harris, and pianist and composer Erroll Garner, curated by Grammy-nominated jazz musician Geri Allen.

The exhibition celebrates the social and cultural history of the era, focusing on the work of jazz pianist and composer Erroll Garner (1921–1977), who alongside close friends and collaborators such as Billy Eckstine, Leroy Brown, Stanley Turrentine, and Dizzy Gillespie helped define the sound of a generation while performing in venues like the Crawford Grill and the Hurricane Club.


Exhibition Images

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “James ‘Honey Boy’ Minor on percussion, Joe Westray on electric guitar, Erroll Garner behind piano, and George ‘Ghost’ Howell on bass, on stage of Harlem Casino,” ca. 1939-1940, black and white: Agfa Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Duke Ellington seated at edge of stage signing autographs for
patients at Veteran’s Hospital, Aspinwall,” December 1948, black and white: Kodak Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Young Roger Humphries playing child-size drums in music classroom,” ca. 1942, black and white: Ansco Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris, “Male entertainer dancing in club with jazz musician caricatures on bandstand,” ca. 1940-1945, black and white: Agfa safety film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund

Charles “Teenie” Harris,  “Trumpet player Roy ‘Little Jazz’ Eldridge polishing trumpet in Stanley Theatre,” July 1941, black and white: Agfa Superpan Press Safety Film, Carnegie Museum of Art, Heinz Family Fund