The Scene: Friday's opening-night reception for "Jazz and the Movement," an exhibition by Boston-based photographer Herb Snitzer at the Verve Gallery on Melrose Avenue. The title refers to the civil rights movement, which Snitzer juxtaposes with the jazz world in photographs and collages. The show, also featuring evocative photos of jazz greats in performance and in repose, runs through the end of the year.
The Buzz: You can't have an opening these days without a reference to the current bete noire of the art world, Jesse Helms, and this one was no exception. Snitzer included photographs of the North Carolina senator superimposed over naked bodies and the Bill of Rights. Though Snitzer said he didn't believe in government funding of the arts, he was quick to offer the opinion that "Jesse Helms personifies all that's wrong with America."
Who Was There: Gallery owner Bill Goldberg, who curated the show; jazz artists David Sanborn and Maxine Weldon; Tim Hauser of the Manhattan Transfer; Lionel Richie; and Jamaal Wilkes. Live music was provided by a combo that included saxophonist Buddy Collette, drummer Al (Tootie) Heath, bassist Andy Simpkins, and pianist Milcho Leviev.
Only in L.A.: "See that guy? He's Nicolas Cage and Jodie Foster's personal trainer," said one publicist excitedly.