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Cab Calloway photo by Don Sparks

Cab Calloway backstage in Chicago Stadium, where he frequently performed at halftime of Harlem Globetrotter shows

Curtis Mayfield photo by Don Sparks

Curtis Mayfield in recording studio on Chicago's North Side

Duke Ellington photo by Don Sparks

Duke Ellington at IIT in Chicago on Nov. 9, 1957. The event was a celebration of Mies Van Der Rohe, who had designed the unique Robert Crown Hall, which opened in 1956. Some of Don's photos were used for the 50th anniversary celebration in 2007

Dave Brubeck photo by Don Sparks

Dave Brubeck performing at IIT in Chicago. Paul Desmond is in the background

Paul Gonsalves photo by Don Sparks

Paul Gonsalves, member of the Duke Ellington band

Richard Hunt photo by Don Sparks

Sculpture Richard Hunt, in his gallery circa 1962, when Don did a shoot for Ebony. Richard and Don were childhood friends

Malcolm X dancers photo by Don Sparks

Malcolm X dancers

Henry Lewis photo by Don Sparks

Conductor Henry Lewis, the first African American to lead a major symphony orchestra, in Chicago's Grant Park

Etta Moten Barnett photo by Don Sparks

Etta Moten Barnett, actress and vocalist, played the role of Bess in the 1942 revival of Porgy and Bess. Gerschwin had written the role with her in mind

Duke Ellington photo by Don Sparks

Duke Ellington backstage after performance at IIT in Chicago in 1957

Duke at IIT photo by Don Sparks

IIT paper announcing the Ellington event in 1957

Cab Calloway photo by Don Sparks

Cab Calloway dancing with a fan at halftime show

Don Sparks and Richard Hunt

Don Sparks and Richard Hunt visiting at Richard's studio on Lill St in 2014

Richard Hunt photo by Don Sparks

Richard Hunt at work

Duke Ellington photo by Don Sparks

Duke Ellington at the piano

Duke Ellngton band photo by Don Sparks

Duke Ellington band in 1957

Duke Ellington photo by Don Sparks

Duke Ellington

Dave Brubeck photo by Don Sparks

Dave Brubeck

Richard Hunt photo by Don Sparks

Richard Hunt

Cab Calloway photo by Don Sparks

Cab Calloway

Dancer

Dancer

Curtis Mayfield photo by Don Sparks

Curtis Mayfield

Don Sparks Photography