Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Rare Images of Pops and Hamp

On Thursday, April 23, 2009, the Ogden Museum opened the exhibition Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1958: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic. Jerry Dantzic was one of three photographers hired to document the rehearsal of this rare collaboration between New Orleans native, Louis Armstrong, and Kentucky native, Lionel Hampton. Using a few Leica M3s, Dantzic captured both the energy of musical performance and the intimate moments between these legendary artists.

More widely known for his pioneering color panoramic work that led to two Guggenheim Fellowships and a 1978 solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this work positions Dantzic in the context of the great jazz photographers of the 50s. In 1999, Jerry's son, Grayson, became archivist for the Jerry Dantzic Archives. Grayson found the negatives and contact sheets for this shoot hidden away in his father's studio. Some of these images have never before been printed . Besides Pops and Hamp, there are great images of Gerry Mulligan, Gene Krupa, George Shearing, Jaye P. Morgan, and the Dukes of Dixieland, to name a few. Grayson, also the archivist at Atlantic Records, worked with Ogden Museum curator David Houston to organize this exhibition, up through July 19, 2009.
For more on Jerry Dantzic and the exhibition: http://www.artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=30510. Top photo Louis Armstrong, Timex Jazz Show #2, Rehearsal, 4/30/1958 by Jerry Dantzic, Copyright (c) 2009 JERRY DANTZIC ARCHIVES, All Rights Reserved. Bottom: Grayson Dantzic and his mother, artist Cynthia Dantzic. Photo by Cheryl Gerber.

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