Saturday, April 25, 2009

Reunion at Ogden Museum

On April 23, 2009, at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans, "Timex All-Star Jazz Show 1958: Photographs by Jerry Dantzic opened. Jerry's son, Grayson, is archivist of his late Dad's work. Jerry's wife, Cynthia, a well-known artist, author and teacher(LIU), has been my dear friend since we met, as 7th graders, at Montauk Jr. H.S. Though we exchange cards, a few phone calls, this was our first meeting in 30 years, and it was so fantastic, so great. We agreed that time was treating us well.

The exhibit is marvelous with Jerry's insightful photos of Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton, Jaye P. Morgan, Gene Krupa, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, and other jazz greats as they rehearsed for the Timex Show. The video of that TV show was running, but because of music loudly echoing in the museum atrium, couldn't be includes so many great jazz number by these musical giants. The show closes in New Orleans on July 19, and I have my fingers crossed that we'll be able to exhibit these works at Artspace in Shreveport, shortly after that.

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