Left to Right: John Reeves, Marian McPartland (Pianist British), 1991. > John Reeves, Dizzy Gillespie (Trumpeter, Band Leader - U.S.), 1990. > John Reeves, Kei Akagi (Piano, Electric Keyboards - U.S.), 1990. > John Reeves, Billy Higgins (Drummer - U.S.), 1990.

Jazz: Photographs by John A. Reeves


June 24 to October 2, 2011

In 1997, the Mendel Art Gallery received a gift of 70 photographs by John A. Reeves. Born in Burlington, Ontario in 1938, Reeves is renowned as a photographer, writer and broadcaster. He became interested in photography while studying at the Ontario College of Art, from which he graduated in 1961. He then became a feature photographer for such magazines as Canadian Art, Maclean’s, Saturday Night and Jazz Report. Among the many exhibitions of his work are those at the Canadian Centre for Photography and the National Library of Canada in Ottawa; the Canadian Cultural Centre in Rome; and Harbourfront in Toronto. Jazz focuses on Reeves’ sensitive portraits of leading jazz musicians, including Dizzy Gillespie, Artie Shaw, Diana Krall and Oscar Peterson. Jazz is presented in partnership with the SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival, slated for June 24 to July 3 in Saskatoon. — Curated by Dan Ring, Curator Emeritus, Mendel Art Gallery.