Jati Lindsay’s 2013 exhibit – Bright Moments: The Contemporary Jazz Scene has been noted as one the most important documentarian projects of jazz today.
“Jazz is all about being in the moment. At its best, it is a conversation between the artist and the listener. It is perhaps the most profound and personal exchange that can occur between people. And most times, all it takes is a brief moment to captivate and inspire people. One of my earliest moments happened after hearing McCoy Tyner’s “My Favorite Things” as a sophomore at NYU.
Photographer Jati Lindsay’s latest exhibition entitled “Bright Moments” not only helps to preserve these moments visually, but it is a still-life documentary that highlights today’s crop of jazz voices like trumpeter Christian Scott (Christian aTunde Adjuah), drummer Jamire Williams and pianist Robert Glasper. These artists are keeping within the tradition of jazz by drawing from their experiences in order to push the boundaries of what this music can sound like. Much of today’s jazz scene is a product of the hip-hop generation. Lindsay’s exhibit not only captures that imprint on jazz, but in essence, his work helps to retain the rich oral tradition that is indeed black music.”
Shannon J. Effinger is a freelance arts & music writer. A native Brooklynite, Effinger’s work has been published in NPR Jazz, DownBeat, JazzTimes and Time Out New York. Currently she is developing her first book on the subject of jazz and its political voice.
Photographer Jati Lindsay was born in New Jersey and moved to the Washington, DC area in the 1990s. He began photographing scenes in the historical U Street NW neighborhood in Washington, DC. – documenting captivating pre and post gentrification everyday life. Lindsay is well-known for his raw black and white imagery shot in the purest photography form – film. His most highly recognized photography is music documentary work. He has photographed some of the most influential young jazz musicians in the industry – many who are part of milestone record labels.
One can often see Lindsay with his Leica camera photographing events at major jazz clubs, theaters, and museums in Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia. His work has been shown in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington and Baltimore City papers, Jazz News in France, Code Magazine in Amsterdam, Essence Magazine, URB Magazine International Review on African American Art, and many more. Some of his most visible clients have included, Okayplayer, DefJam Records, Corcoran Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture, DC Jazz Festival, Winter Jazz Festival in New York, The Congressional Black Caucus, and The Southern Poverty Law Center.
Lindsay’s work has been exhibited in the Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture in Baltimore, Maryland, the Leica Gallery in New York City, Le Maison Francais in Washington, D.C., the Afro-American Museum in Philadelphia, the Code Gallery / Carhartt Store in Amsterdam, the McKenna Museum of African American Art in New Orleans, the Gallery at Flashpoint and Project 4 Gallery in Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Lindsay was selected to travel to New Orleans to document the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Two years prior, he was selected to exhibit his work 10th Street Art Walk: Metamorphosis, a public art commissioned project in downtown Washington, DC. His work was exhibited in Select 2013 hosted by the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), in Washington, DC – an art exhibit, curated by Michelle Joan Wilkinson, PHD. Lindsay’s work is in the permanent collection of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore.
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