HERMAN LEONARD

 

 

 



Jazz Memories

 

" There are many old musicians, as there are many old artists.  Their passion is my motivation for continuing.  Perhaps that is just what makes me carry on.  It is a definite passion for doing what you love doing."

Herman Leonard

 

I met Herman Leonard and the first thing that struck me were his incredible stories about jazz and so I decided that I would bring him to Italy with a personal show that would reflect all the wonder of this great interpreter of contemporary photography.

 

His two great loves:  photography and jazz music:  the smoky and suffused atmospheres of night clubs in Harlem and Broadway animated by jazz improvisations portrayed through the eyes of their protagonists:  Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Dizzy Gillespie.

 

Around sixty unmistakable and unique black and white original photographs created from 1948 and accompanied by over a hundred images that put in context jazz in the 40's and 50's.  Historical documents, personal, vivid and explosive testimonials of an era, inserted into the splendid framework of the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà in  Padua, within the events review "An emotion called Jazz".


Padova, Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, 13 ottobre 2002 - 26 gennaio 2003