Photography exhibit shows faces of Kansas City jazz
December 20th, 2012
Omaha, NE – The jazz scene in Kansas City â€“ with all its smoky bars and vibrant sounds â€“ is captured in a new exhibit on display at Loveâ€™s Jazz and Art Center.
â€œThey tell a story just even in the pictures,â€ said Janet Ashley, program director of Loveâ€™s Jazz, as she led me through the latest exhibit at the museum, which is located in the heart of North Omaha where the cityâ€™s own jazz history has its roots.
â€œWe have here on display here the Fine Art of Jazz,â€ Ashley said, pointing to a series of 50 black and white photographs by Dan White. White is a Pulitzer-prize winning photographer who spent two decades capturing the jazz scene in Kansas City. The images are primarily portraits â€“ some still and contemplative, others caught up in the painful or blissful emotion of a song or melody. â€œHe took the time in getting to know the artists,â€ Ashley said, â€œand just by getting to know them, it set the scene for his backdrop of each photo so that it tells a story.â€
â€œWithout even reading the history, you look at the picture and it pulls you in,â€ she said.
White completed his collection in 2006. The portraits, which include images of jazz greats like Jay McShann who passed away in 2006, also feature some modern performers, like Angela Hagenbach, who will perform at Loveâ€™s Jazz on January 5th to close out the exhibit.
â€œShe was inspired by Sarah Vaughn singing â€˜Black Coffee,â€™â€ Ashley said, â€œand she has that wonderful smooth, contralto voice like Sarah Vaughn did.â€
â€œSheâ€™s a beautiful girl on top of that,â€ Ashley added, â€œso weâ€™ll be honored to have her in our presence.â€
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