M. Lea Rudee San Diego Jazz Photographs, 1981 - 1991 (MSS 0071)

Extent: 2 Linear feet (24 matted photographs)

A collection of twenty-four black and white photographs (1981-1991) taken of jazz performers in concert in San Diego by M. Lea Rudee.

Accession Processed in 1994

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

Container List


Box: 1 Folder: 1 Oversize: MC13801
Lytle, Cecil, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 2 Oversize: MC13801
McPherson, Charles, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 3 Oversize: MC13801
Cheatham, Jimmy, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 4 Oversize: MC13801
Marsalis, Wynton, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 5 Oversize: MC13801
Pepper, Art, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 6 Oversize: MC13801
Gentry, Hollis, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 7 Oversize: MC13801
Cheatham, Jeannie, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 8 Oversize: MC13801
Calloway, Cab and Cheatham, Jeannie, 1984
Box: 1 Folder: 9 Oversize: MC13801
Kessel, Barney, 1991
Box: 1 Folder: 10 Oversize: MC13801
Brubeck, Dave, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 11 Oversize: MC13801
Biggs, Gunnar, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 12 Oversize: MC13801
Gordon, Dexter, 1981
Box: 1 Folder: 13 Oversize: MC13802
Jones, Thad, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 14 Oversize: MC13802
Lettau, Kevyn, 1991
Box: 1 Folder: 15 Oversize: MC13802
Lake, Oliver, 1984
Box: 1 Folder: 16 Oversize: MC13802
Carter, Betty, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 17 Oversize: MC13802
Rollins, Sonny, 1983
Box: 1 Folder: 18 Oversize: MC13802
Redd, Vi, 1985
Box: 1 Folder: 19 Oversize: MC13802
McFerrin, Bobby, 1982
Box: 1 Folder: 20 Oversize: MC13802
Braxton, Anthony, 1985
Box: 1 Folder: 21 Oversize: MC13802
Bowie, Lester, 1989
Box: 1 Folder: 22 Oversize: MC13802
Jordan, Stanley, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 23 Oversize: MC13802
McShann, Jay, 1986
Box: 1 Folder: 24 Oversize: MC13802
James, Etta, 1981