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Rudee (M. Lea) San Diego Jazz Photographs
MSS 0071  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information

  • Descriptive Summary

    Languages: English
    Contributing Institution: Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego
    9500 Gilman Drive
    La Jolla 92093-0175
    Title: M. Lea Rudee San Diego Jazz Photographs
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 0071
    Physical Description: 2 Linear feet (24 matted photographs in one flat box)
    Date (inclusive): 1981-1991
    Abstract: A collection of twenty-four black and white photographs (1981-1991) taken of jazz performers in concert in San Diego by M. Lea Rudee.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    These photographs were all taken during live performances of jazz in San Diego. A few were taken in night clubs. Most were taken at performances of either the San Diego Jazz Festival, when I served on its board of directors, or the Jazz Society of Lower Southern California. This latter organization held private performances in members homes or other private venues and organized fund raising events to provide scholarships for the jazz program in the UCSD Music Department. Unfortunately, both organizations are now dormant. The performers in these photographs include both local and visiting artists.
    Photography and jazz have some artistic elements in common. Of all musical forms, jazz places the highest emphasis on instantaneous, intuitive improvision by the performer within a predetermined musical context. Photographs can be "made" in highly controlled circumstances, e.g. an advertising shoot, or the self-portraits by Cindy Sherman. In another form, the photographer "takes" a picture by instantaneously arranging images within the viewfinder, accepting what is seen rather than directing. Henri Cartier-Bresson, the great master of this latter form of photography, described the camera used in this manner as "an instrument of intuition," a term that could just as well apply to the jazz soloist.
    -- M. Lea Rudee

    Publication Rights

    Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

    Preferred Citation

    M. Lea Rudee San Diego Jazz Photographs, MSS 71. Special Collections & Archives, UC San Diego.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired 1994.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Jazz musicians -- Portraits
    Photographic prints -- 1980-1989
    Jazz -- Pictorial works
    Photographic prints -- 1990-1999
    Rollins, Sonny
    Pepper, Art, 1925-1982
    Redd, Vi
    McPherson, Charles
    McShann, Jay
    Marsalis, Wynton, 1961-
    McFerrin, Bobby
    Lytle, Cecil
    Lake, Oliver
    Lettau, Kevyn
    Jordan, Stanley
    Kessel, Barney
    James, Ella
    Jones, Thad
    Cheatham, Jeannie
    Cheatham, Jimmy
    Hollis, Gentry
    Gordon, Dexter, 1923-1990
    Brubeck, Dave
    Braxton, Anthony
    Carter, Betty, 1930-1998
    Calloway, Cab, 1907-1994
    Bowie, Lester
    Biggs, Gunnar