Homage To A Sound

Arts and Entertainment

August 19, 2016

From: Kennedy Heights Arts Center

Jazz has always been a sustaining force in photojournalist Melvin Grier's life from his youth in the West End of Cincinnati, hearing snippets of the big band coming through the doors the Cotton Club, to the Sunday afternoons spent in Babe Baker's in Avondale. Homage to a Sound takes the viewer inside the wonderful world of improvisation that is Jazz. The exhibition includes more than fifty performance and behind-the-scenes images of musicians taken between 2006 and 2016 at renowned Cincinnati venues, as well as video interviews with some of the Queen City's jazz greats. From dark jazz clubs to the summertime outdoor settings, Grier captures the essence of this original American art form.

Melvin Grier worked for the Cincinnati Post from 1974 to 2007, where on assignments he traveled to Cuba, El Salvador, Eritrea, Honduras, Kenya, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Vietnam, and the Virgin Islands. Grier has received ten photography awards from the Society for Professional Journalists, and earned accolades from the Associated Press Society of Ohio, The Press Club of Cleveland, Ohio News Photographer Association, and more. In 2003, he was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists (Cincinnati Chapter) Hall of Fame. Grier was named the 2004 Robert A. Duncanson Artist in Residence at the Taft Museum in Cincinnati and his work has been exhibited in dozens of galleries.

Support for this FotoFocus Biennial 2016 exhibition was provided by FotoFocus and the George and Margaret McLane Foundation.

The FotoFocus Biennial 2016 is a regional, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art held throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region that features over 60 exhibitions and related programming. As part of the Biennial, Participating Venues respond to the theme: Photography, the Undocument.


October 1, 2016 To November 12, 2016


Tuesday to Friday At 10:00am - 5:00pm And Saturday At 11:00am - 4:00pm

Opening Reception:

Octobar 1, 2016 At 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Artist Talk:

Octobar 15, 2016 At 2:00pm


Kennedy Heights Arts Center

6546 Montgomery Road

Cincinnati, OH 45213

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