Jazz in New York: A Community of Visions

October 24, 2005 - November 28, 2005

Windsor Terrace Library (branch info)

Jazz in New York: A Community of Visions

Photographs by Lourdes Delgado

Windsor Terrace Library presents its first exhibition, Jazz in New York: A Community of Visions, by photographer Lourdes Delgado. The exhibition is a photographic pictorial of the lives of those in the world of jazz. Consisting of 30 black and white portraits of jazz musicians in their homes, the show features such musicians as pianist Kenny Barron in Prospect Park South, drummer Jeff Ballard in Windsor Terrace, pianist Robert Glasper in Clinton Hill, conductor/composer Butch Morris in the East Village, bassist Christian McBride in Yorkville and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen in Astoria.

Exploring jazz from a social and cultural viewpoint, the photographs show an alternative image of the professional jazz musician. They strive to portray the lifestyle of those in the circle of jazz, and provide a social context for the public to identify with. Ms. Delgado took only one photo of each person, allowing for spontaneity, honesty and immediacy not commonly found in posed portraits.

On Monday, November 21 at 6:30 PM, Windsor Terrace Library will host A Jazz Evening with Jeff Ballard and Friends, a free concert to celebrate Thanksgiving with the community. The concert will feature a trio of internationally acclaimed musicians who live in Brooklyn: Jeff Ballard on drums, Miguel Zenon on saxophone and Lionel Loueke on guitar.


From Barcelona, Spain, Lourdes Delgado has lived in Brooklyn since 1994. As a professional photographer, she has photographed Hillary Clinton, Rudy Giuliani, Tom Wolfe, Amy Tan, Antonio Banderas, Isabel Allende, Viggo Mortensen and Bono for publications including Newsweek, Vogue, Elle, GQ, People, Stern, El País and La Vanguardia. Photos from her award-winning project, Built Up Portraits, have been exhibited nationally.


This exhibition is supported with funds from Independence Community Foundation, Assemblyman James F. Brennan, J&L Landscape Garden Center and Brooklyn Public Library. It is organized with Down the Street Productions.

Midwood Development Corporation acted as a conduit for the outside funding.