Images of Jazz


In celebration of African American History Month, the Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College is pleased to present “IMAGES OF JAZZ: THE VIEW BEYOND THE MUSIC,” an exhibition of photographs by New Jersey artist H. ALONZO JENNINGS. The exhibit is on view in the Broadway & LRC Galleries from January 26 through February 28, 2004.


The Broadway & LRC Galleries are located at Passaic County Community College, Broadway at Memorial Drive in the downtown historic district of Paterson, New Jersey. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. A reception for the artist will be held on Thursday, February 5, 4:00 – 6:00. Admission to the exhibit and reception is free. The gallery is wheelchair accessible.

Raised in Paterson and Passaic, H. Alonzo Jennings, artist, photographer, poet, and jazz aficionado, has been photographing jazz musicians since 1979. Some of the photographs in this exhibit include images of such jazz legends as Billy Eckstine, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn, Count Basie, and Betty Carter. Most of the photographs were taken within the last 5 years and are of a new crop of jazz musicians who have emerged as giants since
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1990. Nicholas Payton, Dianne Reeves, Kurt Elling, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, and Regina Carter are among those represented. Jennings writes, “Jazz music in its purest form, at its highest level is honest, unadorned, emotional, intellectually stimulating, and technically magnificent. Spiritual. The musicians/artists who play at this elevated level…Theirs is an act of transcendence.” Jennings’ objective is to provide a visual record of these sublime moments of transcendence.

H. Alonzo Jennings is a graduate of Montclair State University and the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He worked with OIC International in Ghana, Ethiopia, and Nigeria, at the African American Museum in Philadelphia and at the Walt Whitman Center in Camden. He currently teaches art at the William Allen Middle School in Moorestown, New Jersey. Jennings has written four books of poetry and hosts monthly workshops and readings at Barnes and Noble in Moorestown and the Urban Word Café in Trenton, New Jersey. He has exhibited his photographs of jazz musicians at Burlington County College, the Walt Whitman Center and the Serengeti Plaines in Montclair.

For additional information, please contact Jane Haw, Gallery Curator, at (973) 684-5448 or visit our website at .

The Passaic County Cultural and Heritage Council at Passaic County Community College has been named a Distinguished Arts Organization and is funded, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.



Contact: Jane Haw
Phone: (973) 684-5448