The Jazz Loft According to W. Eugene Smith
Sara Fishko, Director (2018, not rated) – This film, and the compelling book of photos that also came out of the Jazz Loft project, document a particular place, in a particular time, with a fluid cast of characters at who’s pinnacle is the distinctive genius of Thelonious Monk. Centered around, and documented by, the photographer Eugene Smith, whose apartment in New York’s Flower District became the nexus of after-hours jazz hangs, rehearsals, jam sessions, and various nefarious activities, this collection captures the sad and joyful ambience of a scene than can only be rendered in black and white. This video also captures a rare look and listen into Monk’s way of being; whether on the piano or not, always immersed in the jazz life.
2018, not rated
Notes by John Gilbreath