Gene Smith And The Jazz Loft Project

I'm diggin' the crazy cats at WNYC and The Jazz Loft Project. After abandoning his family in Westchester, longtime LIFE photographer W. Eugene Smith wired his 6th Ave loft for sound and recorded the hell out it for several years in the 1950s. Until 1998, no one had ever listened to the 4,000+ hours of tapes in Smith's archive. Turns out they held the conversations, practice sessions, and jam sessions, and hundreds of jazz musicians, and they captured a remarkable slice of mid-century downtown/underground New York City.

They're up to Episode 6 right now. Ep. 7 will be about how "urban pioneers in New York's Flower District find ways to make lofts more livable."

Catch up with the series and check out the enticing web extras at WNYC's Jazz Loft Project page []

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first published: November 21, 2009.

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