The Jazz Legends Next Door

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W. Eugene Smith, [Ron Free, drummer], 1958.

Between 1957 and 1965 in New York, dozens of jazz musicians jammed night after night in a dilapidated Sixth Avenue loft, not realizing that much of what they played and said was being captured on tape and on photographs by former LIFE Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith, who lived in the loft space next door. The result is a collection of rehearsals by jazz legends including Thelonious Monk, Ron Free and Hall Overton. Director and producer Sara Fishko, host of WNYC's Fishko Files, joins us to discuss her new documentary, “The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith.” 

Opens in New York Friday, September 23 at Metrograph Cinema (7 Ludlow Street, Between Canal & Hester Streets). Intro and Q&A with Director Sara Fishko on opening night, September 23. Available to rent (VOD) Friday, October 7 on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu.