Passing through. / by David Korchin

Jim Hall, the accomplished musician and giant of jazz guitar for over 50 years, passed away last week. I'll miss his signature sound, gentlemanly countenance and appetite for a ripe joke. I've photographed Jim many times—our final session in his Greenwich Village apartment was to document his guitar collection.

The images below were taken at a sound check at the Village Vanguard in 2005. It's not likely we'll hear this style of music played with such individualism, which, apart from the man, is what we'll miss the most.

Jim Hall, Village Vanguard, New York CIty 2005