Savoring Jazz at Savery Gallery

Billie Holiday performing live at the Downbeat club February 1948 in New York City, part of the Metronome Magazine Jazz Archives and courtesy of Limited Runs.

Billie Holiday performing live at the Downbeat club February 1948 in New York City, part of the Metronome Magazine Jazz Archives and courtesy of Limited Runs.

Imagine you’re at an intimate party, surrounded by some of jazz’s greatest icons – Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway. Everyone is impeccably dressed, in the way that only men and women of the 1930s to 1950s can be. But as you slowly take in the crowd, ticking off the names of famous guests, you catch them in off-guard moments. A kiss. A smile. A pensive thought. And suddenly, the barrier of history and celebrity is broken, and their everyday humanity shines through, making it clear why their music has had such universal and timely appeal.

There’s just such a party going on this weekend at Savery Gallery, 319 N. 11th Street, Saturday, July 25, 11 am – 6 pm, thanks to an exhibition of the Metronome Jazz Photo Collection, presented by Limited Runs. The photography series comes from the archives of Metronome Magazine, whose coverage from the swing era to the 1960s focused primarily on jazz. The exhibition will be touring the US, but if you miss the stop in Philly, you can still purchase the works online.

Sue Moerder
Sue Moerder
Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social issues, and more recently have embraced text as both content and image:

*  states of mind as one-word declarations (SO I WAS, LIKE....)

* the interior lives of artists (DESIDERATUM)

* odd courting and mating habits in the animal kingdom that sometimes echo our own (RE:PRODUCTION – Portraits)
* the dysfunction of todays politics seen through an historical perspective (WHEEL, DEAL, STEAL, THEN SPIN)

* death – it’s customs, euphemisms, architecture (THE FINAL FRONTIER)

* profiling and identity (The MARK Portraits)

* violence in America (TOKENS, PRECIS, HARBINGERS AND HERALDS, AMERICAN PIE, EIKONS)
E. Sherman Hayman
E. Sherman Hayman

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social…

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social issues, and more recently have embraced text as both content and image:

*…

Composing in series, and often series within series, all of my projects from the past couple of decades have dealt with social issues, and more recently have embraced text as both content and image:

* states of mind as…

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces that manipulate our perception of figures and spaces, with breaks in logical forms and competing perspectives.
Kathy Loev Putnam
Kathy Loev Putnam

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces…

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces that manipulate our perception of figures and spaces, with breaks in logical…

Kathy is a visual artist who works in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking and collage. She creates surfaces that manipulate our perception of figures and spaces, with breaks in logical forms and competing…

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia International Airport, the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts.
Michael Grothusen
Michael Grothusen

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been…

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum…

Michael Grothusen is an Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. His work has been exhibited locally, regionally and nationally including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia…

Sharon Wensel
Sharon Wensel
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