Extra audio and visual materials from the first episode of The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series. This post features interviewee David Amram and a video showing a Jazz Loft reunion as several loft regulars reunite in WNYC's Greene Space.
Photos: © 1957 - 1965, 2009 The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith
Audio: Jazz Loft audio clips courtesy Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.
The discovery of the tapes, the research that followed, revelations from members of the Loft community and a sampling of the variety of tape recorded by W. Eugene Smith (his cats meowing; great players jamming; musicians talking).
I came to New York in 1955 – had a kind of a wonderful underground community where the catchword is: “Where’s the session.” We all wanted to play – play with one another – and get inspired and educated by hearing what other people were doing.