A Conversation between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson

JAZZ THEN AND NOW / A Conversation Between Branford Marsalis and Sam Stephenson, Director of the Jazz Loft Project

Thursday, February 10, 7 p.m. / Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street, Durham, North Carolina

Presented in conjunction with The Jazz Loft Project: W. Eugene Smith in New York City, 1957-1965, an exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, February 3-July 10, 2011

For a decade Sam Stephenson and his colleagues at the Center for Documentary Studies have been studying a dilapidated loft building in New York City that was a legendary after-hours jazz haunt from 1954 to 1965. Photographer W. Eugene Smith documented the scene in thousands of hours of tapes and thousands of photographs, providing a poignant look at the off-stage lives of iconic and ordinary musicians alike.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Stephenson and world-renowned saxophonist Branford Marsalis will talk about how jazz has changed since the days of this underground loft scene. Marsalis and Stephenson will discuss what has been gained and lost now that jazz is accepted in the most hallowed halls and conservatories in the world, after being considered “gutbucket” outlaw music since its inception. The conversation will also extend to a variety of topics, including Marsalis’s decision to move to Durham, his reasons for recording all his albums today in the Hayti Heritage Center’s sanctuary hall, and more.

Jazz fans will also enjoy attending related events in Durham occurring this weekend:

Thursday, February 10. The Pinhook presents Brian Blade, February 10, 9 p.m.

Friday, February 11. Duke Performances presents the Wayne Shorter Quartet featuring Shorter, Danilo Perez, John Pattituci, and Brian Blade. Page Auditorium, Duke University, 8 p.m. Tickets

The Jazz Loft Project exhibition open all weekend at the Nasher Museum of Art.


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