Howard Morehead

Photographer of jazz musicians

Corrections were made to this article on July 25, 2003.

Howard Morehead, a former Tuskegee Airman and pioneering jazz photographer who captured musicians including Ray Charles and Louis Armstrong for newspapers and television, died July 13 in L.A.’s Veterans Memorial Hospital. He was 76.

Topeka, Kan., native was one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen in World War II.

He studied photography at Los Angeles City College and motion picture photography at USC. He worked as a news photographer for the Los Angeles Sentinel in the 1950s, and his photographs appeared in Jet and Ebony magazines.

In 1970, Morehead became the first black staff cameraman to work at a Los Angeles television station — KTLA. He later worked for KABC-TV.

He is survived by several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 4 pm Monday July 28 at Wilfandel House, 3425 W. Adams Blvd., Los Angeles.

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