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Shots capture cool of jazz

"Skaine and Coopty" by Frank Stewart.
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An exhibit of jazz photographs by Frank Stewart opens Friday and runs through Sept. 28 at Julie Baker Fine Art Gallery.

Stewart, senior staff photographer for Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, has been in a great position to take both backstage and onstage black-and-white images of jazz greats such as Wynton Marsalis, Miles Davis and Johnny Hartman.

Stewart has been in numerous one-man and group shows at Cooper Union Gallery, Washington Project for the Arts, Studio Museum in Harlem, Shomburg Center for Research, the International Center of Photography, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.

He was part of the first team of North American journalists invited by the Cuban government to photograph the island nation in 1976; he was also invited by the Los Angeles Olympic Committee to photograph the 1984 Olympics.

WW Norton recently published “Sweet Swing Blues on the Road,” written by Marsalis with Stewart’s photographs. In addition, Ferrar, Straus & Giroux has published “Smokestack Lightning: Adventure in Barbecue Land” by Lolis Elie with Stewart’s photographs.

A free opening reception for the exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Guitarist John Girton will perform.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment.

Julie Baker Fine Art gallery is at 120 N. Auburn St., Suite 100, in Grass Valley. Call 273-0910 for more information.

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