From 2002-2012 Sam Stephenson directed The Jazz Loft Project (JLP) at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. In 2009 Alfred A. Knopf published his book, The Jazz Loft Project: The Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue. The New York Times’ Dwight Garner called this book “chaotic” and “soulful” and “an elegiac stew of sight and sound, and a singularly weird, vital and thrumming American document.”
In 2010 the Jazz Loft Project Radio Series premiered, in collaboration with WNYC: New York Public Radio, directed by Sara Fishko. Also in 2010 a traveling JLP exhibition opened at the New York Public Library. JLP won a 2010 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor Award and a 2010 Innovative Use of Archives Award from the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York.
In 2014, JLP continues in two forms, a documentary film directed by Sara Fishko and produced by WNYC, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a theater project directed by Christopher McElroen and written by Jaymes Jorsling in association with Rock Fish Stew.
For more information go to www.jazzloftproject.org.