For further information about images seen in this digital exhibit, please contact:

Edwin Vitery

Electrical and computer engineer Edwin Vitery has been designing and maintaining the Jazz Greats Digital Exhibits since 2001 for the Institute of Jazz Studies. A 2004 Rutgers graduate, Vitery currently resides in New Jersey and is a computer consultant.

Edwin Vitery
John Cotton Dana Library
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
185 University Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07102-1814
Phone: 973/353-5222
Media Associate

Frank Driggs, The Frank Driggs Collection

Author and music historian Frank Driggs first became enamored with jazz and swing listening to late-night broadcasts from hotels and ballrooms in the 1930s. A 1952 Princeton graduate, Driggs moved to Manhattan where he joined with Marshall Stearns, founder of the Institute of Jazz Studies, and others in documenting jazz history. John Hammond hired Driggs to produce reissues and new releases of American roots music for Columbia Records. This included Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings for which he received Grammy in 1991. Driggs later produced recordings for Epic, Okeh, MCA, Stash, and Time-Life Records, before reviving the Bluebird label for RCA in the early 1970s. All the while, Driggs continued documenting the evolution of jazz by recording oral histories and collecting photos, amassing a world-class archive of well over 100,000 music images. In 1982, Driggs, along with Harris Lewine, published Black Beauty, White Heat, a pictorial history of jazz culled from Driggs’s collection. Driggs and co-author Chuck Haddix, sound archivist at Marr Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will have a history of Kansas City jazz published by Oxford University Press in 2005.

Frank Driggs Collection
19 Charlton Street
Garden Apartment
New York, NY 10014
212/675-9544 (fax)

Getty Images: Hulton/Archive

Hulton/Archive is one of the largest collections of photography and illustrative material in the world containing over 40 million images, covering prints, engravings, cartoons, illustrations, maps, periodicals and other ephemera. This unique resource is available for the global picture buyer; those looking to research historically significant subjects or personalities as well as those searching for creative and stock imagery. Hulton/Archive was formed after Getty Images had acquired two of the leading historical stock houses; Hulton Deutsch in London in 1996, forming Hulton Getty, and Archive Photos in New York, a division of The Image Bank, in 2000. The cornerstone of the Hulton is the seminal news weekly Picture Post, founded in 1938 by Edward Hulton publisher of this and numerous other magazine titles. Archive Photos was formed in 1990 by the merger of two well-established photo agencies, Pictorial Parade (founded 1935) and Frederick Lewis Stock Photos (founded in 1938). Among the properties of Archive Photos was the Metronome magazine photo file.

Kristeen Ballard, Archival Product Manager
One Hudson Square
75 Varick Street
5th Floor New York, NY USA
Phone 1-646-613-4177

Milt Hinton

Milt Hinton, in all possibility the most recorded musician in history, grew up in Chicago and worked with many legendary figures beginning in the late 1920s before going with Cab Calloway from 1936-1951. Later, Hinton worked in clubs with pianist Joe Bushkin and briefly worked with Count Basie and Louis Armstrong's All-Stars, and in 1954 became a staff musician at CBS. By the 1970s, Hinton made regular appearances at jazz parties and festivals, and stayed busy for the next two decades. Although a modern soloist, Hinton also kept the art of slap bass alive.

Hinton's photography has been shown in several group and one-man shows. The group shows include Jazz Images at Rutgers University, 1979; A Century of Black Photographers: 1840-1960, at the Rhode Island School of Design, 1983-1984; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., 1997; and the Center for African-American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, 1997.

Milton J. Hinton Photograph Collection
David Berger & Holly Maxson
4 East 12th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 463-7010

Paul Hoeffler

Paul Hoeffler began photographing jazz in the 1950s originally as an assignment from Minor White, his professor at Rochester Institute of Technology. Photographing legends such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday, Hoeffler not only captured the key figures in jazz in the 1950s, but unlike some other photographers, he was equally interested in the scene. He has a long list of solo and group shows and is represented in numerous museum and private collections in Europe and North America, including the White House and the Elton John collections. His work is sold through galleries in the United States, Canada and Europe. He now lives in Toronto and with his wife Claire is involved in music every day, all day.

Paul Hoeffler
57 Boustead Avenue
Toronto M6R1Y7
Ontario, Canada

LaserSwing Productions

LaserSwing Productions was founded by Norman Granz, the late jazz impresario and record producer, Frank Tenot, the recently deceased publisher of the French Jazz Magazine, and Geneva-based electrical engineer, a long-time friend of Granz and Tenot. LaserSwing oversees licensing of Granz’s film and videotapes of artists he managed and presented, including Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass, Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie and many more.

Jacques Muyal
LaserSwing Productions S.A.
8, Chemin de la Pique
CH-1196 Gland, Switzerland
011-41-22-364-5812 (fax)

The Luce Group

The Luce Group, the award-winning production company founded by Jim Luce, has been responsible for many outstanding jazz radio documentaries over the past decade. In addition to the Count Basie Centennial Radio Project , Luce oversaw similar sweeping series for National Public Radio on Miles Davis (2001), winner of a Peabody Award; Louis Armstrong (2000); and Duke Ellington (1999). Luce has been an announcer and independent producer for WBGO-FM in Newark since 1981. He has produced the Caramoor (NY) Jazz Festival since 1993 and served as co-producer of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York from 1998 until 2000.

Jim Luce
21-21 46th Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101

Darryl Pitt

Darryl Pitt was a professional photographer whose work has appeared in Time,
Newsweek, Rolling Stone, The New York Times and scores of books and other publications. Following in the footsteps of his idol, Giuseppe Pino, Pitt became the official photographer of the Montreux Jazz Festival between 1979 and 1986.

Pitt changed careers when he began to guide the career of a former photographic subject, harpist Andreas Vollenweider, who went on to sell 10-million records. Today Pitt is the principal of Depth of Field Management, which oversees the careers of Michael Brecker, Dianne Reeves and The Bad Plus. To relax, he photographs meteorites.

Darryl Pitt

Herb Snitzer

Herb Snitzer began photographing for major magazines—Life, Look, The Saturday Evening Post and Time—shortly after he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art and moved to New York City in 1957. His dual posts at Metronome as photography and associate editor of Metronome enabled him to meet, photograph and become friends with many of the great jazz musicians of that era: Miles Davis, Nina Simone, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Count Basie, and other jazz luminaries. He has participated in over 100 single and group exhibitions. His work is collected by many museums and private collectors, and his images are frequently used by Sony, Vanguard, & Verve as cover artwork.
Snitzer has recently published his fifth book, Jazz: A Visual Journey, a collection of photographs from the world of music. Currently he is photographing St. Petersburg for an historical record project.

Herb Snitzer
c/o Dameron Carol Marie Studio
1600 4th Street South
St Petersburg, Florida 33701-5809

Chuck Stewart

After graduating from Ohio University with a major in photography, and a stint as a U.S. Army photographer in the Korean War, Chuck Stewart moved to New York and worked with noted jazz photographer Herman Leonard. He took over Leonard's business in 1953, and began photographing jazz artists. Chuck Stewart has covered record sessions and shows, taken publicity shots in his studio, and contributed to magazines and books. Chuck Stewart's Jazz Files, co-authored by Paul Carter Harrison, was published in 1985. In addition to jazz photography, Stewart has also worked in editorial, travel and fashion photography.

Chuck Stewart
209 Voorhees Street
Teaneck, NJ 07666

Lee Tanner/The Jazz Image

Lee Tanner, an avid jazz fan from the age of eight, began photographing jazz musicians while in college in New York City in 1952. Inspired by the work of Gjon Mili, Bill Claxton, Herb Snitzer and Herman Leonard, he became involved in documenting the jazz scene.

Downbeat was the first magazine to publish Tanner's work, in 1958. Later his pictures appeared on the pages of many other music publications, including Rolling Stone, Jazz Magazine (Paris), JazzTimes, American Photo and Popular Photography. His work also graces the covers of LPs and CDs produced by Atlantic, Sony/Columbia, Verve, Fantasy, Rhino and Prestige. Tanner has had one-man shows in galleries and jazz clubs on both the East and West Coasts, as well as curating group exhibits entitled The Jazz Image. Pomegranate Art Books and Friedman/Fairfax Publishers have published several collections of his work in books, posters and calendars. The recent books from
Friedman/Fairfax are Images of Jazz (1996) and Images of the Blues (1998).

Tanner, who currently resides in Berkeley, California, continues to photograph the jazz scene locally.

Lee Tanner
The Jazz Image
1563 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, Calif. 94707


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