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The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821…
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0307267091, Hardcover)Amazon Best Books of the Month, December 2009: Like the American Renaissance of Emerson, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Thoreau, and Melville bursting out of the Massachusetts countryside a hundred years before, the legend of the New York jazz scene in the late 1950s and early '60s, when singular geniuses like Monk, Coltrane, Davis, Mingus, and Evans might be gigging on the same night--sometimes on the same stage--only grows with time. Now, in The Jazz Loft Project, we have a rare and remarkable window into that moment. The project is the fruit of two obsessed men, W. Eugene Smith, the brilliant photographer who shot thousands of pictures and recorded thousands of hours of music and talk at his Midtown apartment and studio, which served as an open-door meeting place and jam session site for hundreds of musicians and artists; and Sam Stephenson, the documentarian who has spent even longer archiving and investigating the riches Smith left behind. Among its many wonders, what their book does best is put the creations of those bebop geniuses in context: giving life to the forgotten players who jammed with the future immortals, revealing the casual crosspollination among artists, musicians, and writers (and between blacks and whites), and reminding us of the world outside the loft, with baseball, UFO stories, and civil rights on the radio and the daily commerce of New York's flower district on the street below. --Tom Nissley
Look Inside The Jazz Loft Project Click on thumbnails for larger images Thelonious Monk and his Town Hall band in rehearsal, February 1959. Zoot Sims (ca. 1957-1964). Loft interior, fifth floor (ca. 1964).
The northeast corner of Sixth Avenue and 28th Street (ca. 1957-1964). White Rose Bar sign from the 4th floor window of 821 Sixth Avenue (ca. 1957-1964). W. Eugene Smith at 4th floor window of 821 Sixth Avenue (ca. 1957).
(Photos credit W. Eugene Smith. Collection Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona. © The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith)
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