These four photographs are the handiwork of Lorna Sass. Camera at the ready, she captured moments in the darkness at Birdland last Wednesday, when we gathered to celebrate George Avakian’s 90th birthday, each photograph a small essay in itself.
At first, this might look like a typical study of the band in action, but Lorna captured Randy Sandke’s exultant shout, cheering Anat Cohen on in the midst of her hugh-flying solo. Jazz camaraderie!
Wycliffe Gordon, intense and serene, at one with the music sweeping through him.
Happy to be here! Left, Michael Steinman (your humble correspondent); right, George himself.
I hope with all my heart that George gets whatever he wished for at that moment. Certainly he’s made so many of our jazz dreams come true.
Photographs copyright 2009 by Lorna Sass. All rights reserved.