Gene Smith and the Jazz Loft
For New York Public Radio, Lumiere Productions is producing "Gene Smith and the Jazz Loft," a feature documentary depicting a magic moment in American cultural history.
In 1957 the great American photographer W. Eugene Smith rented a run-down loft in New York City's flower district, set up his studio there, installed mics and tape recorders everywhere, and opened the place to jazz musicians to jam all night long. Zoot Sims, Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk, and Paul Bley are a few of the dozens of jazz artists who came through the loft.
From 1957 to 1965, when the loft began to close down, Smith made roughly 40,000 photos there and recorded roughly 4,000 hours of stereo and mono audiotapes.
Directed by Sara Fishko
Producer Cal Skaggs
Associate Producer Jonathan J. Johnson