Opening: Wednesday March 26, 5-7PM

March 26 – April 18, 2014
Opening Reception Wednesday March 26, 5-7PM
Live music by Paul Arslanian (piano), George Kaye (bass), Bob Weiner (drums)

Photographer Bobby Davis shares with us an elegant collection of black & white images that tell an important story about music and local history.  The Pioneer Valley has long been an ardent supporter of creative music and Davis’ striking portraits capture many of the pioneers who made their way here between the late 1970s and late 1980s.  Documenting this ten-year period when jazz, blues and rock musicians played for one-night performances or on extended tours, Bobby Davis brings the viewer with him to venues at the U. of Massachusetts, Hampshire College, Amherst College, Look Park, Pearl Street Night Club and other important locales that welcomed giants in the field as well as emerging protégés.  Luminaries such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Angela Bofil, Ray Charles, Archie Shepp, and Dizzy Gillespie are caught at magical moments through Davis’ impeccable eye and timing.  As the musicians turn their heads ever so slightly and the light strikes perfectly, we can almost hear their breathtaking sounds.

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