Jazz Lives

Posed Improvisation

April 11, 2014
Jazz rooted itself in the American tradition by harmonizing sultry blues with European classical and combining African beats with Cajun rhythm. As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans remained a hub for jazz music throughout the twentieth century, but the style also spread north and west to New York and Chicago. The photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton on display at the Yale University Art Gallery capture the lives of jazz musicians at home, in the studio and on the road.