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Here comes the Judge Exhibit showcases photos shot by influential jazz musician

on Monday,December 07,2009 21:12

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The late Milt "the Judge" Hilton, who was also known as the "dean of bass players," was one of the most recorded men in music - providing the low end for such jazz stalwarts as Cab Calloway, Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong. Throughout his storied 80-year career, the prolific bassist took more than 60,000 photos, a collection to be featured in a new exhibit currently running in Westport, Connecticut.

The exhibit, entitled The Judge: Jazz Photographs by Milt Hinton, features 30 black and white prints capturing some of Hilton''s legendary performances with the likes of Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday to name a few.

"Milt Hinton was a friend and mentor to countless musicians, myself included," Artistic Director of Jazz for the Westport Arts Center, Brian Torff tells Westportnow.com. "(Hilton''s photography) illuminates the humanity that is jazz and the message that is spread by creative artists… It''s all a part of living, and these unique individuals exemplify that."

Hinton''s photos have been compiled in numerous books and gallery collections across the country. The exhibit will run through the end of February.

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