IT’S BEEN a really bad week for jazz.
Two players and a writer who contemplated the form. Just last week, I’d posted the great Art Kane photograph gathering jazz’s bright lights. Just below it I posted the Gordon Parks image, taken in the same spot in 1996. One of the few musicians still standing in the latter photo was pianist Marian McPartland (at left, With Mary Lou Williamson and Thelonious Monk), who died yesterday at 95. This of course after Monday’s news about pianist and composer Cedar Walton (xx) as well as the writer Albert Murray, 97, who was one of the engines behind the founding of Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Too many thoughts to try to set in order right now but I didn’t want to let too much more time pass without taking note.
Thank you all for the art.