Men playing jazz on stage

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

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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

Male entertainer wearing a suit and hat, dancing with fingers pointed to floor, beside, microphone, in club with jazz, musician caricatures on bandstand