“Jazz: The Birth of Cool” Exhibition Opens April 26 in NYC, L.A., Hawaii

Iconic photographs of jazz artists on display and available for purchase

Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong celebrate in Paris in 1960 (photo: Herman Leonard)

“Jazz: The Birth of Cool,” an exhibition featuring photographs of jazz icons on and off stage, opens to the public on April 26 in New York City, Los Angeles, and Maui.  

Coinciding with Jazz Appreciation Month, the exhibit has images of Art Blakey (pouring it all out onstage in a photograph by Herman Leonard) and the Rat Pack (in a shot acquired from the Frank Sinatra Estate), among many others. Featured photographers include Glen Craig, Don Huntstein, Art Kane, Herman Leonard, Ken Regan, Joseph A. Rosen, Timothy White, Leigh Wiener, and Francis Wolff.

The exhibition will be held in the Morrison Hotel Galleries located at the Sunset Marquis Hotel (1200 Alta Loma Rd., West Hollywood), Fleetwood’s in Maui (744 Front St., Lahaina), and at the gallery’s SoHo location (116 Prince St., 2nd Floor, New York City). 

At all three gallery locations, attendees will have the opportunity to purchase exclusive items commemorating the exhibit. Among them are deluxe copies of Art Kane: Harlem 1958, the monograph by Jonathan Kane (Art’s son), Quincy Jones, and Benny Golson commemorating the historic date when Art Kane gathered 57 jazz icons in Harlem for his first professional shoot for Esquire magazine (also known as “A Great Day in Harlem”). Each copy of the book will include a signed and numbered limited-edition fine art print and commemorative poster.

For more information about the Morrison Hotel Gallery, visit its website.