On Sunday November 3, 2019 the
Jewish Museum of New Jersey will hold the opening reception for Ed Berger, Jazz Photographer - in conjunction with NJPAC's TD James Moody Jazz Festival and "Celebrating WBGO 40 Years of Jazz in Newark and
Beyond." The exhibit will continue through
Sunday, January 12, 2020.
Ed Berger, (1951-2017) was the former Associate Director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University,
Newark, New Jersey. In addition he was an award-winning author, jazz record producer and label owner, discographer, editor,
historian, photographer, and educator. Ed was a co-host of WBGO radio station's Jazz from
the Archives program from 1979 to 2014. He co-hosted and produced over 200 programs.
One of his biggest passions was photography. He was a consummate in this
field, starting from in his mid-teens. His Flickr stream [https://www.flickr.com/photos/eebeephoto] contains over 9,000 photos.
Many of these were of jazz musicians including Benny Carter, Joe Wilder, Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Warren Vaché,
Benny Powell, Harry "Sweets" Edison, Phil Woods, Ruby Braff, and Cootie Williams.
Berger photographed events including jazz rehearsals and concerts, memorials and tributes, festivals,
museum openings and gallery exhibitions, and a variety of lectures and educational events. The photographs were taken on stage,
in offices and classrooms, and at homes, representing an extensive range of venues associated with a life in jazz. - [Summary,
Ed Berger Photographic Collection, 1928-2016 and undated, Oberlin College Conservatory Library, http://www2.oberlin.edu/library/cons/special/berger.html#donor]
Since 2017, Ed's photos have comprised the Ed Berger Photographic Collection
at the Oberlin College Conservatory Library in Oberlin, Ohio. The 30 photos in our exhibit represent only a tip of the iceberg
of Ed's magnificent talent.
This exhibit is
the product of a joint effort among the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC),
WBGO Radio Jazz Radio 88.3, the Rutgers University Institute of Jazz Studies, Congregation Ahavas Sholom and the Jewish Museum
of New Jersey.
museum would like to thank the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), WBGO Radio Jazz Radio 88.3, and the Rutgers University
Institute of Jazz Studies for their generous support.