SFJAZZ Laureates

Jim Goldberg & Ishmael Reed

 
SFJAZZ Laureates

Jim Goldberg & Ishmael Reed

SFJAZZ Laureates

Jim Goldberg, SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate

The SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate chair was created to further the call and response between photography and jazz, celebrating their mutual search for understanding of self and the musicality of life.

Jim Goldberg, the first ever SFJAZZ Photographer Laureate, is a master artist admired for his innovative use of image and text to tell stories in poetic new ways. A professor at the California College of Art and member of the famed Mangum Photos agency, Goldberg has produced a rich body of work over the last 30 years. His books include Rich and Poor, in which he explores notions of class, power and happiness by juxtaposing images of people in welfare with affluent subjects in elegantly furnished homes. Rich and Poor has often been cited as one of the greatest photo books of the 20th century.

Installed in the SFJAZZ Center lobby is a pigment print of his iconic photograph "Prized Possession"—the same photograph used as the album cover of the SFJAZZ Collective's 2012 album Wonder: The Songs of Stevie Wonder—from his acclaimed Open See collection, which tells the story of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals journeying from their countries of origin to their new homes in Europe. The installation is courtesy of the artist, Robert Mailer Anderson, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and Pace MacGill Gallery.

Ishmael Reed, SFJAZZ Poet Laureate

The SFJAZZ Poet Laureate chair was created to celebrate the connection between poetry, jazz and spoken word, and to inspire young poets and musicians to further their craft and contribute to the global conversation of art.

Ishmael Reed, the acclaimed poet, playwright and novelist known for his satirical and polemical works about American political culture and social oppression - as well as for the jazz like rhythms of his language - is SFJAZZ's first Poet Laureate. A retired UC Berkeley professor, Reed has published dozens of books, including the novels Mumbo-Jumbo, Reckless Eyeballing, and Juice!, the poetry collection New and Collected Poems, 1964-2007, and the 2010 essay collection Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: The Return of the Nigger Breakers. He also wrote the non-fiction book Oakland Rhapsody, The Secret Soul of An American Downtown, with photographs by Richard Nagler. He currently lives in Oakland.

Ishmael Reed curated the first ever Annual Poetry Festival in June, 2013, presenting many of California's great poets in Joe Henderson Lab. Reed continues this dialogue between word and sound at the 2nd Annual Poetry Festival, April 3-6, 2014, as part of the SFJAZZ Center's Season 2.

Reed's poem "When I Die I Will Go To Jazz" is installed on the north gate of Raise Up Off Me Alley (named to honor jazz legend Hampton Hawes) on Linden Street at the SFJAZZ Center.

> Read "When I Die I Will Go To Jazz" by Ishmael Reed