HOMAGE TO A SOUND
OCTOBER 1 – NOVEMBER 12
Jazz has always been a sustaining force in photojournalist Melvin Grier’s life—from his youth in the West End of Cincinnati, hearing snippets of the big band coming through the doors of the Cotton Club, to the Sunday afternoons spent in Babe Baker’s in Avondale. Homage to a Sound takes the viewer inside the wonderful world of improvisation that is Jazz. The exhibition includes more than fifty performance and behind-the-scenes images of musicians taken between 2006 and 2016 at renowned Cincinnati venues, as well as video interviews with some of the Queen City’s jazz greats. From dark jazz clubs to the summertime outdoor settings, Grier captures the essence of this original American art form.