Image: Doc Cheatham, New Orleans
(Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1923 - 2010, Los Angeles, California)

Doc Cheatham, New Orleans , c. 1991 (printed later)

Gelatin silver print
17 3/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (44.13 cm x 37.15 cm)
Gift of George Stephanopoulos
Leonard moved to New Orleans in 1991 and immediately became immersed in the city’s vibrant jazz scene. In this image, he documents one of many late career visits made to the city by Doc Cheatham (1905-1997), a trumpeter, singer and band leader. Leonard, who was forced to relocate to California in 2005 due to damage to his studio during Hurricane Katrina, said, “New Orleans represents the happiest years of my life . . . the end of my life, so to speak. . . . I can’t recall anywhere I felt more comfortable in my own skin.”
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