Posts Tagged ‘Jazz Loft Project’

Documentary Biography with Lehman Brady Professor Sam Stephenson

Since 2000, the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) has coordinated the Lehman Brady Visiting Joint Chair Professorship in Documentary Studies and American Studies, which brings distinguished practitioners and scholars of the documentary arts to Duke University and UNC–Chapel Hill for an academic year to teach undergraduate courses on both campuses and engage in lectures, screenings, and […]


Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

Party in Hillsborough, North Carolina, Celebrates the Jazz Loft Project, July 27

At a Last Friday event in Hillsborough, North Carolina, the arts/photography publishing organization Daylight will host a Jazz Loft Project party at the Daylight Project Space, featuring music until dusk, a multimedia screening, selected audio recordings, and a short presentation by Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson. Refreshments will be served; the event is free […]


Watch: “Jazz Loft Project” Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

Watch: "Jazz Loft Project" Video with Harold Feinstein, Pioneer Loft Resident

From 1957 to 1965 legendary photographer W. Eugene Smith made approximately 4,000 hours of recordings on 1,741 reel-to-reel tapes and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where major jazz musicians of the day gathered and played their music. Almost fifty years later, Jazz Loft Project director Sam Stephenson and […]


The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition Makes Its West Coast Debut at the Museum of Photographic Arts

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an award-winning exhibition of photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, will make its fourth stop at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; the show opens May 19 and runs through October 7, 2012. The […]


“In My Mind” Film Screenings: Minneapolis (10/16) and Seattle (11/1)

In My Mind, a film from the Center for Documentary Studies, has been invited to screen at two film festivals this fall: October 16, 2011 Sound Unseen Minneapolis, Minnesota November 1, 2011 Northwest Film Forum’s Earshot Jazz Film Festival Seattle, Washington In My Mind Director: Gary Hawkins, Producer: Emily LaDue, Executive Producer: Tom Rankin In […]


“Chaos Manor” Theater Installation Based on “The Jazz Loft Project” in NYC September 16-17

"Chaos Manor" Theater Installation Based on "The Jazz Loft Project" in NYC September 16-17

Announcing Chaos Manor, a theater installation at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, September 16-17, 2011, and an official Brooklyn Book Festival Bookend event. Co-Conceived by Christopher McElroen and Sam Stephenson, based on Stephenson’s 2009 book, The Jazz Loft Project, Chaos Manor is a live multi-disciplinary performance installation that seeks to capture the visual […]


Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project Honored by The Independent’s Indies Arts Awards

Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project Honored by The Independent's Indies Arts Awards

Sam Stephenson: The Jazz Loft and the Other Side of History Sam Stephenson and the Jazz Loft Project are honored by The Independent‘s 2011 Indies Arts Awards The Independent‘s Indies Arts Awards honors artists and arts organizations for their often-unsung contributions to the cultural life of the Triangle. “Sam has, with his work on the Jazz […]


Chaos Manor: Sam Stephenson Writes About W. Eugene Smith’s Wichita on the Jazz Loft Project Blog

Chaos Manor: Sam Stephenson Writes About W. Eugene Smith's Wichita on the Jazz Loft Project Blog

The following is an excerpt from a blog entry by Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, an extensive research initiative tracking down the stories of a loft building in New York City where photographer W. Eugene Smith made roughly 40,000 pictures and recorded about 4,000 hours of […]


The Jazz Loft Project Gallery Talk by Courtney Reid-Eaton at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project Gallery Talk by Courtney Reid-Eaton at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition of photographs and recordings of some of the jazz world’s greatest musicians and underground jam session artists, was produced as part a decade-long project at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS). Courtney Reid-Eaton, exhibitions director at CDS and a co-curator of […]


Watch a Clip from “In My Mind” (“In My Mind”)

Watch a Clip from "In My Mind" ("In My Mind")

“In My Mind” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. In My Mind was filmed as part of Gary Hawkins’ Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course at […]


Watch a Clip from “In My Mind” (“Not His Hands!”)

Watch a Clip from "In My Mind" ("Not His Hands!")

“Not His Hands!” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. In My Mind was filmed as part of Gary Hawkins’ Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking Course at […]


Watch an Opening Clip From “In My Mind”

Watch an Opening Clip From "In My Mind"

The opening clip from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. Director: Gary Hawkins Producer: Emily LaDue Director of Photography: Steve Milligan Executive Producer: Tom Rankin In My Mind […]


Sam Stephenson Writes About His Travels Through Japan

Sam Stephenson Writes About His Travels Through Japan

Over the past month, Jazz Loft Project Director Sam Stephenson has been traveling through Japan and the Pacific Islands, researching photographer W. Eugene Smith, the subject of his forthcoming biography. W. Eugene Smith spent time in Japan first as a photographer in World War II, and returned to live in Tokyo in the early sixties. In […]


Jazz Loft Project Lecture with Sam Stephenson

Jazz Loft Project Lecture with Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson, director of the Jazz Loft Project at the Center for Documentary Studies, will talk about the traveling exhibition The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957–1965, currently on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Sunday, April 3, 3 p.m. Durham County Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, […]


“The Several Voices of W. Eugene Smith,” A Lecture by William S. Johnson

"The Several Voices of W. Eugene Smith," A Lecture by William S. Johnson

In 1978, photographer W. Eugene Smith moved his archive—filling two 18-wheel trucks with 22 tons of material—from New York City to the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona. To assist Smith in sorting out his collection, CCP hired William S. Johnson, who worked with the famed photographer until Smith had a […]


“In My Mind” (“In My Mind” Clip)

"In My Mind" ("In My Mind" Clip)

“In My Mind” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. Director: Gary Hawkins Producer: Emily LaDue Director of Photography: Steve Milligan Executive Producer: Tom Rankin […]


“In My Mind” (“Not His Hands!” Clip)

"In My Mind" ("Not His Hands!" Clip)

“Not His Hands!” is a segment from In My Mind, a new film from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University documenting Jason Moran and the Big Bandwagon’s 2009 original interpretation of Thelonious Monk’s 1959 Town Hall performance. Director: Gary Hawkins Producer: Emily LaDue Director of Photography: Steve Milligan Executive Producer: Tom Rankin […]


Jazz Then and Now: A Conversation Between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson

Jazz Then and Now: A Conversation Between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson

For a decade Sam Stephenson and his colleagues at the Center for Documentary Studies have been studying a dilapidated loft building in New York City that was a legendary after-hours jazz haunt from 1954 to 1965. Photographer W. Eugene Smith documented the scene in thousands of hours of tapes and thousands of photographs, providing a […]


The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

The Jazz Loft Project Exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Named an exclusive top 10 photo show for 2010 by DLK Collection: “Undeniably one of the best photography shows of 2010 … this is a fantastic show, deep in scholarship and compelling in its imagery.”     The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition of photographs and recordings of some […]


The Jazz Loft Project Receives an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

The Jazz Loft Project Receives an ASCAP Deems Taylor Award

The Jazz Loft Project, a multifaceted photography, audio, and oral history initiative of the Center for Documentary Studies, has been named recipient of an esteemed ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) recently announced the winners of the 42nd Annual ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards for outstanding print, broadcast, and […]


Photos from the Jazz Loft Project Brown Bag with Daniel Kramer

Photos from the Jazz Loft Project Brown Bag with Daniel Kramer

A Jazz Loft Project brown bag with Daniel Kramer: “Bob Dylan and W. Eugene Smith” Moderated by Sam Stephenson, Jazz Loft Project Director Daniel Kramer, a New York-based photographer and film director, has long been recognized for his portraits and pictures stories in national and international magazines and books. The brown bag presentation focused on […]


Gary Hawkins Named One of “Top Ten Leaders in Learning” by Variety Magazine

Gary Hawkins Named One of “Top Ten Leaders in Learning” by Variety Magazine

Variety magazine recently named Center for Documentary Studies instructor Gary Hawkins as one of its “top ten leaders in learning.” Hawkins teaches documentary film production at CDS and frequently collaborates with students on projects. Hawkins’s In My Mind, which premiered at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in April 2010, involved CDS Intermediate Documentary Filmmaking […]


Jazz Loft Project Brown Bag with Daniel Kramer

Jazz Loft Project Brown Bag with Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer: “Bob Dylan and W. Eugene Smith” Moderated by Sam Stephenson, Jazz Loft Project Director Wednesday, October 13, Noon at CDS Daniel Kramer, a New York–based photographer and film director, has long been recognized for his portraits and picture stories in national and international magazines and books. Kramer’s photographs have been exhibited or collected […]


Jason Moran Wins MacArthur Fellowship

Jason Moran Wins MacArthur Fellowship

Longtime Jazz Loft Project collaborator and friend Jason Moran has won a MacArthur Fellowship, an award given to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. “Jason Moran is a pianist, composer, and bandleader who mines a variety of musical styles to create adventurous, […]