The Jazz Loft: A Preview Performance Chat

Thursday, May 7, 2009

7:00 PM

In a loft at 821 Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, during the late 50’s and early 60’s, jazz musicians gathered nightly for jam sessions. WNYC is at work on the Jazz Loft Radio Project, a ten-part series using a treasure trove of tapes made in the loft by photographer W. Eugene Smith.

“Jazz Loft Live” will bring together musicians from that magical time -- who haven’t performed together in decades -- including pianist Dick Katz, vibraphonist Teddy Charles, bass player Bill Crow and drummer Ron Free, to play in the exciting, spontaneous and free-wheeling style that characterized the Jazz Loft era. Project Director Sam Stephenson of CDS at Duke and Senior Producer Sara Fishko of WNYC, will also preview the upcoming Jazz Loft Project, sharing Smith’s photographs and excerpts of the audio tapes. A Q & A with the musicians will round out the evening.