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Philippe Lévy-Stab – Jazz, the Sound of New York


Château Palmer hosts the exhibition “Jazz, the Sound of New York” by Philippe Lévy-Stab. The portraits of great jazzmen and the urban perspectives that compose the exhibition, retrace the unique project shaped by the photographer over the last thirty years. From September 2 to December 20, 2019, his world unites with that of the property around their common passion for jazz.

Philippe Levy-Stab sublimates since adolescence the great figures of jazz. Through the photos he makes during his sleepless nights in Manhattan clubs, he captures the inspiration and singularity of these musicians to better reveal them on paper. Grabbing the elusive, he prints in black and white all the humanity of artists including Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Elvin Jones, Wynton Marsalis or Archie Shepp.

Spontaneous by nature, jazz does not cope well with long exposure sessions. From this constraint, the photographer makes his style. His photographs come from shots limited to less than five minutes of musicians and a complicity made of three decades of meetings.

The images of Philippe Lévy-Stab also celebrate New York, inseparable from the rhythms that are dear to him. “If jazz is a cry, it’s New York, a city of energy that only lets the force of its reality exist where the spirit of jazz reveals its deep truth,” he says. links between music and urban landscapes.



Philippe Levy-Stab – Jazz, the Sound of New York
from September 2 to December 20, 2019
Château Palmer
33460 Margaux


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