Sara Fishko is an Executive Producer and Host at WNYC, specializing in culture.
Some items of interest to Jazz Loft listeners.
Losses: We’re very sorry to report that one of our favorite Jazz Loft players, Teddy Charles, died this week just after his 84th birthday. Charles was the gifted vibes player who reported having lugged his massively heavy instrument up the five flights of stairs to the top of 821 Sixth Avenue in the heat of a non-air-conditioned summer in the 50s. His close friendship with Hall Overton (they met at Juilliard) drew him to the Loft.
Sorry as well to add news of the death of another favorite, Bob Brookmeyer, the trombonist, composer/arranger and music educator, this past December, just before his 82nd birthday. Brookmeyer played with musicians including Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan and Jimmy Giuffre --and jammed at the Loft often.
Both made immeasurable contributions to jazz. Both will be missed. You can hear their voices (along with many others) in the Jazz Loft Project Radio Series.
News: Episode One: Introduction, the first part of The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, will be running as part of the Jazz Loft Project exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts in a few weeks, if you happen to be in the area. Photographs of W. Eugene Smith and other related items will be on display, and a booth containing our audio will provide headphones for listening.