Photographer Richard Corman Plans Roadtrip To Benefit Jazz Foundation Of America


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I cannot keep watching such great individuals pass with so few traces of their existence and their work. --Wendy Oxenhorn
Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director of Jazz Foundation of America, has launched an Indiegogo campaign. Oxenhorn plans to send photographer Richard Corman, whose photo work spans Bill Clinton to Madonna, and videographer Alan Gastelum across the United States to meet with and profile 50 jazz and blues greats.

“I cannot keep watching such great individuals pass with so few traces of their existence and their work,' said Wendy Oxenhorn, “This project will ensure that we record the many-sided history of this music directly from the people who lived it."

Some artists already profiled include saxophonist Sonny Simmons (Eric Dolphy, Elvin Jones), baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett (Anthony Braxton, Gil Evans), and Fred Staton a 100 year old member of the Harlem Blues and Jazz band.

Corman and Gastelum promise to crisscross the continental U.S. beginning January 2016 in search of real deal jazz and blues musicians, immortalizing the names, faces, and voices that lived American jazz and blues history in the past century. In March of 2016, all photos and video will be made available free on the Jazz Foundation website.

The Last Note: Document 50 Figures in Jazz & Blues is available on Indiegogo until mid-September.

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About Jazz Foundation of America

Jazz Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 that offers resources to jazz and blues musicians in crisis and produces free jazz and blues performances for schools, nursing homes, and public spaces throughout the United States. To schedule interviews or for further information, contact Dashiell Feiler, Jazz Foundation of America at (212) 245-3999 ext. 15.

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