The Jazz Loft Project

W. Eugene Smith

Back in 1957, photographer W. Eugene Smith left his civilized life upstate and moved into a dilapidated loft on 6th Avenue in New York City. A jazz obsessive, Smith wired his place for recording, and before too long all the jazz greats of that era —Charlie Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk—were hanging out at his place. He recorded over 4,000 hours of jam sessions and conversations between 1957 and 1965. All this, plus the images he captured with his camera, are on display in “The Jazz Loft Project” at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.  It looks like an amazing show; don’t miss it if you’re in New York between now and May 22.

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~ by Valerie Palmer on April 5, 2010.

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