Jazz at the Museum – Richard Lopez and Bobby Floyd

The Columbus Museum of Art is the venue for the Jazz Masters Series, presented by pianist Richard Lopez. I attended the recent performance on April 2, when Lopez was joined by special guest Bobby Floyd. Lopez is currently a faculty member at Otterbein College and Denison University. He has performed widely and has two CDs, and his nuanced interpretations of jazz classics are wonderful. Floyd performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the legendary Count Basie Orchestra. He is truly one with the piano; when Bobby Floyd plays jazz the piano seems to come alive, and when the two played together, it was magical. I’m not much of a musician, but I’m a good listener! The performances are held at three in the afternoon, making for a perfect Sunday outing before dinner. Those who haven’t had enough jazz by that time can catch Bobby Floyd’s act at Notes, the live entertainment venue at Copious, 520 South High Street.

Mark and I enjoyed the concert and dinner after with our friends Ed and Rosalie Ungar. Rosalie is also a Columbus area writer. Her recent memoir, In a Heartbeat, the Ups and Downs of Life with Atrial Fib, is getting plenty of attention in the medical community.

I was glad Mark was there to take the photo above. It was a tricky situation, with low light and no flash permitted. He used a Nikon D750 full frame camera and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 lens, with a shutter speed of 1/60 second, aperture of f1.8, and ISO 250.

A fixed focal length lens that lets in lots of light (apertures of f2 and wider, such as f1.8 or f1.4) is great for shooting indoors without flash. A 50mm f1.8 lens is relatively inexpensive (a few hundred dollars), whereas a zoom lens (i.e., a lens that covers a range of focal lengths) that has aperture settings as low as f2 is very expensive (possibly costing thousands of dollars).
Next in the Jazz Masters Series is A Brazilian Music Afternoon, Sunday, May 7 at 3:00. I plan to be there!


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