The Jazz Loft Project

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

W. Eugene Smith’s Jazz Loft Project has been legendary in the worlds of art, photography, and music for more than 40 years. Sam Stephenson, writer and instructor at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, tells about his seven-year project to catalog, archive, select, and edit Smith’s jazz loft photographs and tapes for his book, The Jazz Loft Project. It includes photographs of some of the biggest names in jazz—Charles Mingus, Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, and Thelonious Monk among them—and countless underground characters who hung out at 821 Sixth Avenue late at night, as well as street scenes that Smith took from his fourth-floor window.

Find out more about WNYC’s Jazz Loft Project Radio Series here.

Event: There will be a jazz concert and book signing with author Sam Stephenson and four musicians, including drummer Ronnie Free, and Levon Henry
Tuesday, December 8, at 7:30 pm
Barnes & Noble, Lincoln Center
1972 Broadway, at 66th Street


Sam Stephenson

Comments [4]

peter tunney from new york city

Sam, I would like to put on a long term , comprehensive exhibition in NYC, kindly call if you have interest. Kudos for your work, I spent 8 years putting together Peter Beard's archive and would like to speak with you . Kind Regards peter Tunney

Jan. 11 2010 01:55 PM
Patrick Grenier from Staten Island, NY

Terrific program! Thanks Leonard + Sam. Jazz Loft artist David X. Young's paintings and films are on view now at the NEWHOUSE CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART through Dec 23. Exhibition features his 'industrial erotic' film Klaximo, photographs of evening jams and over 50 paintings inspired by Jazz. Hours Tues-Sun 10am to 4pm. Located within Snug Harbor park, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301. (718) 425-3524.

Dec. 08 2009 03:17 PM
Boris from New York

Thanks to all involved in this incredible project. Eugene Smith will finally be given the attention he well deserves as a one of the most fascinating figures in 20th century photography and beyond. Thanks!

Dec. 08 2009 01:53 PM

Amazing, amazing story, on any number of levels: historical, personal, literary, as well as the obvious.

Recording Mishima?? Jazz players on everyday issues, from Cuba crisis to LES dive bars? Radio programs otherwise lost to history--including WNYC?

What a trove. There's 9 books in this material.

Dec. 08 2009 01:32 PM

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