Monday, January 11, 2010

The Jazz Loft Project


The Jazz Loft Project

The ever-vigilant PF (manning the ramparts of culture, his eyes scan the horizon!) tipped me to this, and I’m grateful. It hits squarely at the intersection of several interests/passions/concerns of mine. First, there’s the jazz. Secondly, you got your photography. Thirdly, it's history. And lastly, there’s the undeniable appeal of a Collyer Brothers-like mentality – a hoarding packrat who can’t throw anything out, and feels a compulsion to (literally) record everything.

I’ll spare the details and simply urge you to click through. Scan through the photos, listen to the recordings, and make time for the 10-episode radio series. Fascinating stuff. (And if you're flush, why not buy the book and then lend it to me?)

Thing is, it’s easy to see how someone could become W. Eugene Smith.

And as a side note, is that not a supremely beautiful website? It’s only fitting, given the subject, but design like that ruins me for lazily slapped together pages.

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Patrick said...

it's heartening to know that a shot will sometimes find its mark (usually you've beaten me to the punch on teh kewl sites).

some of this stuff has been on my mind recently due to my friend jay asking for our favourite song of the 1950's. yes, one fave song from the 50's. i had to do a top 20 - 5 of those tunes were jazz numbers. what would be on your list?

AGF said...

Favourite song of the 1950s? Even a top 20? Impossible! The great flowering of hard bop -- Miles and Tina Brooks and the Jazz Messengers and Clifford Brown and early Coltrane, well hell, just about the whole Blue Note stable of players -- plus urban blues, Sam Phillips' efforts, the great Brill Building sound, not to mention SAM COOKE and the sexualization/secularization of gospel music... No way it can all be reduced. No way.

But I love a challenge. I'll get back to you. And I'm going to need to see your list.