Mixed Me­dia

Paul Slaugh­ter’s pho­tos of jazz greats

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A se­lec­tion of Paul Slaugh­ter’s dy­namic pho­to­graphs of jazz artists opens on Fri­day, Feb. 12, in the Mar­ion Cen­ter for Pho­to­graphic Arts at the Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign (1600 St. Michael’s Drive,). Slaugh­ter’s love for jazz dates to the late 1950s. Work­ing as a waiter at the Jazz Gallery night­club in New York, he got to see Th­elo­nious Monk and Bill Evans per­form. By the early 1970s, Slaugh­ter was in­ter­view­ing Monk and other jazz play­ers in his job as a DJ for KBCA, a jazz sta­tion in Los An­ge­les. And he was us­ing his cam­era to cap­ture mu­si­cians and to shoot al­bum cov­ers, in­clud­ing Car­men McRae’s Great Amer­i­can Song­book.

One of his fa­vorite pho­tos is a por­trait of trum­peter and be­bop in­no­va­tor Dizzy Gille­spie tak­ing a back­stage smoke break at The Light­house in Her­mosa Beach, Cal­i­for­nia. It’s a can­did and fea­tures dra­matic light­ing. “I was an ac­tor and you learn about light­ing, and I’ve al­ways loved paint­ing,” Slaugh­ter told Pasatiempo in 2005. “When you’re at a jazz con­cert, you look for the mo­ment when the mood is right and the light­ing is right.”

Over the years he has also pho­tographed pi­anists Duke Elling­ton and Dave Brubeck; singers Ella Fitzger­ald and Cas­san­dra Wil­son; sax­o­phon­ists Gerry Mulligan, Can­non­ball Ad­der­ley, Dex­ter Gor­don, and Sonny Rollins; trum­peters Miles Davis and Wyn­ton Marsalis; and drum­mer Elvin Jones, among many oth­ers. Two items also on Slaugh­ter’s ré­sumé are the fact that he ran the pho­tog­ra­phy of­fice for the 1984 Olympic Com­mit­tee in Los An­ge­les, and he has taught at the Santa Fe Pho­to­graphic Work­shops.

Jazz Greats: A Pho­to­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tion by Paul Slaugh­ter opens with an artist re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. and hangs through April 20. At 7 p.m. (im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the re­cep­tion), SFUAD Con­tem­po­rary Mu­sic Pro­gram fac­ulty chair Ho­race Alexan­der Young per­forms a con­cert in Tip­ton Hall, along with fac­ulty Robert Muller and Andy Zadrozny and a SFUAD jazz stu­dent. Both events are free. Call 505- 473- 6341 for in­for­ma­tion.

A show of paint­ing, draw­ing, sculp­ture, pho­tog­ra­phy, and film­mak­ing by high school stu­dents opens at the Mar­ion Cen­ter con­cur­rently with

Jazz Greats. This 15th an­nual stu­dent ex­hi­bi­tion from Monte del Sol Char­ter School is on view through Feb. 26. — Paul Wei­de­man

pho­tos cour­tesy Paul Slaugh­ter

Paul Slaugh­ter: Dizzy Gille­spie, The Light­house, Her­mosa Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, 1975; below, Jimmy Witherspoon, Monterey Jazz Fes­ti­val, 1972;

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