The High Point Museum will present a new exhibit, “A Love Supreme: The Jazz of John Coltrane through the Eyes of Chuck Stewart,” from September 3 through December 3. 5 at 1859 E. Lexington Ave. at High Point.
The exhibition, which is organized by the Grammy Museum, features 20 photographs of John Coltrane taken by Chuck Stewart, a legendary cultural photographer. It also includes an alto saxophone used by Coltrane. Other Coltrane-related artifacts are also on display as part of the museum’s permanent collection, including the piano from his childhood home on Underhill Street.
Stewart was the only photographer at the historic recording session for Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme” album, and he photographed the jazz musician on several other occasions. These rare and mostly unpublished photos belong to Stewart’s estate.
“It seemed appropriate to host this exhibit on the festival’s 10th anniversary so people could learn more about its namesake,” said Edith Brady, director of the High Point Museum. “We have enjoyed working with the Grammy Museum and providing our community with a unique insight into the adult life and career of High Point-raised John Coltrane.”
The exhibition is sponsored by DRIVE High Point, the High Point Historical Society and the Friends of John Coltrane and coincides with the 10th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz & Blues Festival.