Jazz and Photography from the Loft!!
W. Eugene Smith has been one of my favorite photographers for as long as I can remember. I find very interesting that in 1957 he left his very successful job at Life magazine and rented out a loft apartment on 6th. Avenue in New York City overlooking the “flower district” and shot something like 1000 rolls of film capturing some incredible images. I recently learned he also recorded over 1700 reels of magnetic tape of his “Jazz neighbors” that included the likes of Zoot Sims, Roy Haynes, Dave McKenna, Henry Grimes, and Ronnie Free to mention just a few vistors that would gather after their all night gig’s and jam further into the night.
The Jazz Loft Project by Sam Stephenson is dedicated to uncovering the stories behind this legendary moment in American cultural history.
“This is gold as far as the history of the music goes. This is one of the missing pieces of the jazz puzzle.” -trombonist Roswell Rudd