When I started this blog, I chose the title Lubricity for a variety of reasons. Most important among those was that I felt that it aptly described the ever-shifting state of the music today. Well, jazz isn’t the only thing going through some changes this month!
Last week, I had the privilege of working with Institute of Jazz Studies Assistant Director (and master photographer) Ed Berger on a new header image for the site. He graciously allowed me to borrow Jack Teagarden’s trombone from the rare items room for the shoot:
If you look closely, you’ll see that my mouthpiece barely fits into the end of the instrument — definitely the smallest trombone I’ve ever held that wasn’t an alto horn. He even let me toot a couple of notes on the instrument, although the slide was in such bad shape that it could barely move, so I wasn’t able to get much music out of the thing. Still, I felt so close to his spirit blowing through that instrument — even though he’s been dead for over 40 years.
But I wasn’t there just to hang out with the horn — my idea was to use it for the new header image for Lubricity. Ed and I tried a bunch of things but settled on the window of the Dana Room, across the hall from the IJS.
The final photo appears above as the new header image for Lubricity: me playing the Teagarden trombone with a Rutgers-Newark dorm looking on in approval. Think of it as a symbol of the newer, shinier things to come!