Sean O’Hagan writes in The Guardian about W Eugene Smith’s Jazz Loft Project. I got the book late last year and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in photography or jazz. It is a fascinating read and contains some wonderful photography.
“From 1957 to 1965 photographer W. Eugene Smith made 1,740 reel-to-reel tape recordings (approx. 4000 hours) and nearly 40,000 photographs in a loft building in Manhattan’s wholesale flower district where hundreds of jazz musicians gathered after-hours and jammed. With Smith’s archival materials available for the first time, the Jazz Loft Project is dedicated to uncovering and preserving the stories behind this time and place in American cultural history.”
The Jazz Loft Project website has a lot more detail.