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Preservation Hall Paperback – March 29, 2011
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''Shannon Brinkman wields her camera in much the same fashion as the Preservation Hall musicians have for so long played and honored the instruments they hold in her photographs. And each in their separate ways--she visually, they musically, both passionately--have provided us with an art that is expressive, perceptive and revelatory. As their songs do echo over the years and throughout the Hall with the soaring expression of their souls, so does Brinkman fill her photographs with a visual eloquence that likewise can persevere and enrich us all. Listen and look, long and intensely, to the art that she hears and the music that she sees.'' --Roy Flukinger, Senior Curator of Photography & Film at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
About the Author
Shannon Brinkman is an award-winning art photographer from New Orleans. Brinkman has traveled around the world covering a variety of subjects from international horse sport events to overseas performances of the Preservation Hall Band.
Eve Abrams is a New Orleans--based radio producer, writer, audio documentarian, and educator. Her stories air regularly on WWNO, New Orleans' public radio station; WWOZ, New Orleans' jazz and heritage station; and on National Public Radio. Her writing has appeared in Fourth Genre, OffBeat Magazine, Wesleyan Magazine, Post Road Magazine, and in the book Where We Know: New Orleans as Home.
Top Customer Reviews
And every time I return to New Orleans a trip to Preservation Hall is a must. As I've gotten older with more responsibilities my trips have become fewer and farther in between visits, but now this lovely book from Shannon Brinkman and Eve Abrams can take me back just by the turn of a page. The photographs are often stark and at first glance seem unremarkable in creativity, but as you fall into the photograph you feel the music, sense the tradition and become a part of Preservation Hall's jazz scene. As you study the pictures you realize what a remarkable feat the photographer, Shannon Brinkman, achieved with her camera of a very important part of jazz history. You feel the passion the musicians have for their craft. You get the feel of standing in line on a hot and humid New Orleans evening waiting to get into the Hall to hear some of the best jazz around.
If you have a passion for jazz, Preservation Hall and New Orleans--this book will definitely have you wanting to pull out your credit card and book a trip to New Orleans and the French Quarter's best jazz. And if you can't book a trip, then opening this book will bring you there.
And, Expressive, richly colored, photographs by Shannon Brinkman of their own environment.
And, their words in explanation of themselves as they evolved from the tradition, captured by Eve Adams, .
Prominent is the place - PRESERVATION HALL - a room full of antiquity, heritage, of the players caught in stop-time.
The interviews reflect the experience of these musicians. The bios reveal the path each took to Preservation Hall. Enjoy the nicknames as well as the portraits of the jazz instruments. - Daniel Kassell All Rights Reserved, Member, Jazz Journalist Association