The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith

  • Directed by Sara Fishko
  • United States, 2015, 88 mins., English

In 1957, heralded LIFE Magazine photo essayist W. Eugene Smith moved into an old building in Manhattan’s Flower District. Populated by painters, photographers, and composers, the building became a gathering spot for New York’s best jazz musicians. Through the early 1960s, Smith recorded thousands of hours of music and took thousands of photographs of musicians at the “Jazz Loft,” documenting freewheeling jam sessions with some of the elite of the New York jazz scene, including Thelonious Monk and Hall Overton preparing for Monk’s famed 1959 Town Hall concert. Smith’s work, at once intimate and epic, offers a unique portrait not only of a legendary scene and era, but an inspirational story of an artist capturing not only the world around him, but to find his place in the world.

Genres: Documentary