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