JLP at New Mexico Jazz Festival

We’re proud to be on a thoughtful bill of the upcoming New Mexico Jazz Festival organized by Tom Guralnick.  One JLP event is at Outpost in Albuquerque on Saturday July 17 at 8pm.  The next day, Sunday July 18 at 2pm there is another JLP event at Verve Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe.

The Festival is closed by the great Japanese composer and pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi.  She and her husband, saxophonist Lew Tabackin, overlap with Eugene Smith in a manner not related to Jazz Loft.  In the mid-1970s Toshiko composed a 22-minute big band piece inspired by the Minamata mercury-poisoning tragedy which Smith and his Japanese-American second wife Aileen Mioko Smith documented to profound effect a couple of years earlier.  I once met Lew at Small’s in the West Village, NYC, and he told me the Akiyoshi-Tabackin Big Band played “Minamata” at Avery Fisher Hall in the mid-1970s and Smith attended and made a photograph of them backstage.  I need to follow up to see if they can find the print Smith later gave them.

-Sam Stephenson

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