Huntington House Museum
289 Broad Street
Windsor, CT 06095
For Immediate Release
Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Frank Sinatra Jr. Among Jazz Greats in Lou Jones’ Photo Exhibition at Huntington House Museum
Windsor, CT (April 7, 2004) – Lou Jones, international award-winning photographer, brings his jazz photography exhibit, Echoes of An Era, to the Huntington House Museum on February 6, 2004. The exhibit runs through March 28, 2004.
Echoes of An Era includes intimate portraits of American jazz greats–Betty Carter, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Frank Sinatra Jr. and others. “Lou has captured so poignantly through his lens the souls of America’s greatest jazz artists,” says Jonathan Bruce, artistic director for the museum.
Some exhibition pieces date back 20 years or more. The Boston-based Jones photographed some of the artists through magazine and newspaper assignments, but most were photographed as a labor of love, he says.
Jones writes about how he arranged his famous photo shoots, using the lowercased, unpunctuated writing style of the poet ee cummings:
since i knew the music so well i thought it was important to let people actually see the musicians touch them know them beyond just their sounds each subject had to be approached & asked to “sit” for a portrait often i only had a few seconds to convince them that my request was legitimate whether it be backstage or at rehearsals my queries were always met with suspicion
Jones says he wanted to capture the musicians away from their instruments and audiences, and to avoid the photographic cliché of the “badly lit smoky nightclub.” On his choice of music makers as subjects, he writes:
someone once told me music is the closest thing to heaven if that is so this is my offering
Jones has photographed headhunters in Borneo, guerillas in Central America, opium dens in Singapore, and the insides of many foreign jails. His works hang in galleries throughout the world, including the Smithsonian and Corcoran galleries in Washington, D.C., the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Feuerwagner in Austria.
The United Nation’s International Photographic Council and the Boston Photographic Council honored Jones with its most prestigious awards in 2000.
His first book, Final Exposure: Portraits from Death Row (Northeastern University Press, 1997) was republished in 2002.
The Huntington House Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, preservation, display, and interpretation of outstanding collections, exhibitions, and educational programs in a variety of art mediums. The museum is open Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $6. Admission for senior citizens and students is $4. Children under 12 are admitted free.
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NOTE: This press release was distributed to local media in Central Connecticut. ABC affiliate WTNH featured the exhibit on its weekend broadcast.