"Della Reese"
©Al Stewart

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MEDIUM: B&W photograph, 1963
VALUE: $350.00
OPENING BID: $200.00
SIZE: 14" x 11"

ARTIST'S NOTE: I played trumpet for Della Reese at the Royal Box nightclub in the Americana Hotel in NYC, when one evening during her performance I glanced up from my music for a moment. She had moved onstage in between a spotlight and me and I saw what looked like a caricature done in white ink on a black background. This photograph is of that moment. It was also the cover for her RCA album, Moody.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Al Stewart began his career not as a photographer, but as a jazz musician, playing with Louis Prima, Ray McKinley, and Benny Goodman. He eventually settled in New York to do commercial recording and studio work, and he played for many radio and TV shows including Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason, Johnny Carson, Miss America Pageants, a number of Broadway shows such as "How to Succeed in Business," "Sweet Charity," "Woman of the Year," and "West Side Story." Al has played or recorded with such greats as Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Della Reese, Jackie Gleason, Lena Horne, Michell Legrande, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, Woody Herman, Steve and Edie, and Harry Bellafonte. Al's work was featured in the August 2001 issue of TheScreamOnline.

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