The Herman Leonard exhibit last fall at Lincoln Center. Photo by Brian Smith.
Saturday was a bad day for jazz fans, and photographers. We lost Abbey Lincoln—and Herman Leonard.
At the Brian Smith link, above, take a look at the examples of the Herman Leonard prints destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Brian comments, "out of tragedy, sometimes comes beauty."
At Herman's website, they quote what Tony Bennett said when he was told Frank Sinatra had died: "I don't have to believe that."
As for Abbey Lincoln, do me a favor. Go to iTunes or eMusic and look up a 1957 album of hers called "That's Him." (Forgive me, I prefer the Riverside titles from the '50s, jazz from the second half of the '50s being where I live, musically speaking.) Download the song "Tender as a Rose." Don't play it right away. Late tonight, when everything's quiet and dark and no one's bothering you, cue it up and have a listen.
A fond farewell.
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Featured Comment by Ed hawco: "There's a nice gallery of some of Leonard's work at the Edelman Gallery's website. (With big thumbnails—easy to navigate.)"
Featured Comment by Ron W: "On the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise in 2005 I discovered that Mr. Leonard was one of the passengers, and we had some wonderful conversations about music and photography. Thinking about what he said and what others have said, he was very encouraging of other photographers. Several of his photos are in a slideshow on the Washington Post website [behind a free password —Ed.] and he was also recently honored by the Montreal Jazz Festival. I was pleased to purchase one of his books from him, and of course there will finally be an American published book of his photographs coming out this fall.
"There are obituaries for both Ms. Lincoln and him on the allaboutjazz.com website.
"Let us celebrate two well-lived lives that have passed on."