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Ray Charles: One Of The Greatest Live Performers

Ray Charles was a recording genius and also one of the great live performers with a great band that included saxophonists Hank Crawford, David Fathead Newman and Leroy Cooper and the Raelettes. This Newport 1960 concert includes Titus Turner’s “Sticks And Stones’.

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Herman Leonard’s Classic Photograph Of The Mind And Hands Of Art Tatum
In a review of “Smoke & Light: The Jazz Photos Of Herman Leonard At The Monterey Jazz Festival, 2001” it was said of Leonard’s images that “…the camera and its art are invisible. The musical reality, the human subject, takes precedent” and that “…the many musicians who became his subjects both lend their charisma to his art and take from it a heightened personal stature”. Take for example this photo from 1955 of Art Tatum which is available through Morrison Hotel Gallery. Although it is not an image where the artist is actively performing, Leonard captures Tatum’s reflecting or possibly listening. This image differs greatly from others of Tatum and indeed is one of the few posed pictures by Leonard who said of this shot, “…I wanted his wonderful hands, not his eyes, to be the focal point.
-Scott Wenzel
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Herman Leonard’s Classic Photograph Of The Mind And Hands Of Art Tatum

In a review of “Smoke & Light: The Jazz Photos Of Herman Leonard At The Monterey Jazz Festival, 2001” it was said of Leonard’s images that “…the camera and its art are invisible. The musical reality, the human subject, takes precedent” and that “…the many musicians who became his subjects both lend their charisma to his art and take from it a heightened personal stature”. Take for example this photo from 1955 of Art Tatum which is available through Morrison Hotel Gallery. Although it is not an image where the artist is actively performing, Leonard captures Tatum’s reflecting or possibly listening. This image differs greatly from others of Tatum and indeed is one of the few posed pictures by Leonard who said of this shot, “…I wanted his wonderful hands, not his eyes, to be the focal point.

-Scott Wenzel

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Martin Luther King on the Importance of Jazz
Jazz means many things to many people. As is its essential nature, it connects uniquely and directly to each person. But it also holds some universalities. In his opening address at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, the brilliant Martin Luther King touched upon those aspects of the music, most perceptively that modern jazz is “singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence.”
-Michael Cuscuna
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Martin Luther King on the Importance of Jazz

Jazz means many things to many people. As is its essential nature, it connects uniquely and directly to each person. But it also holds some universalities. In his opening address at the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, the brilliant Martin Luther King touched upon those aspects of the music, most perceptively that modern jazz is “singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence.”

-Michael Cuscuna

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