Jazzy Finds: Fall 2014

The fall is my favorite time of year, especially in New England – apple cider and apple cider donuts, apple picking, fall festivals, and of course, leaf peeping to view the vibrant array of colors on display. Besides my traditional fall favorites, I found some other things to love this fall that I would like to share with you. Let’s dig in.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston – Hollywood Exhibit = I could have spent weeks in this room just staring at these gowns and reminiscing over the film clips playing on the wall.  This exhibit will be up until March; it is worth seeing if you are in the area.

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MFA Hollywood

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Magic in the Moonlight – This film was Woody Allen’s latest European adventure, and I was not disappointed. This is about an eccentric psychic and the man hired to expose her; the film was predictable, but the setting in the French Riviera and the period costumes made up for shortfalls in the script (except for Emma Stone’s costumes which were dreadful – exhibit A: the white and yellow disaster in the picture below).

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On 52nd Street: The Jazz Photography of William P. Gottlieb = Bowdoin College had this exhibit of black and white photography which truly transported you to those dark, smoky jazz clubs of yesteryear. The gallery played jazz music to set the mood, and the walls were painted a smoky grey to offset the photos. The exhibit is no longer up, but you can find plenty of William P. Gottlieb’s photographs on the internet. I bet most of you recognize the photo of Billie Holiday.

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Louis Armstrong
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Billie Holiday

I’m curious to know, what have you discovered over the last few months that you think others might love too if only they knew about it?