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Cab Calloway conducting his orchestra, including Leon "Chu" Berry on saxophone, performing in Hill City Auditorium (Savoy Ballroom)

Charles "Teenie" Harris (American, 1908–1998)

July 1941

Medium black and white: Agfa Supreme Pan Safety Film Measurements H: 4 x W: 5 in. (10.2 x 12.7 cm) Credit Heinz Family Fund Accession Number 2001.35.6834 Location Not on View


Cutline of related image published in Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, August 2, 1941, pg. 21, reads: "Cab and 'Rochester' Swing It - Eddie Rochester Anderson (L) and Cab Calloway, famous orchestra leader, held a jive conference and jammed a little at Hill City Auditorium last Friday night. Cab and his orchestra played free. 'Rochester' dropped in after his stage appearance at the Stanley Theatre. - Harris Photo."

Artist Bio

Teenie Harris photographed for the Pittsburgh Courier for almost 40 years, documenting life in the African-American community. His approximately 70,000 negatives, recently acquired by the museum, form one of the richest-known archives of Black life in an American city from the 1930s to the 1970s.