(Photograph of Theolnious Monk © 2009 The Heirs of W. Eugene Smith.)

If you listen to Morning Edition on Sunday mornings you may have already heard the first installments of the The Jazz Loft Project Radio Series, a multi-part radio documentary about Life Magazine photographer W. Eugene Smith’s loft in the flower district in New York City in the late 50s and early 60s. Along with his incredible photography, Smith also obsessively recorded thousands of hours sounds in the loft including many jam sessions by the best jazz musicians of the era (including Thelonious Monk’s rehearsals for his famous 1959 Town Hall concert).

The series has been airing in condensed version at 8:50 on Sundays for the past three weeks and will continue for the next seven weeks. We encourage you to tune in to these condensed installments.

For those of you jazz and photography fans who would like to hear the complete series, however, beginning in January, KRCC will air the complete multi-part radio documentary during Dick Fairley’s Jazz Excursion on Thursday nights from 8 to 10 p.m.

I worked on the project in New York last year at WNYC and it’s an incredible example of documentary radio production and story-telling by Senior Producer Sara Fishko. Stay tuned for more details and read more about the Jazz Loft Project HERE.


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