40 years ago, Lee Morgan was murdered while he was about to perform onstage at Slugs, a jazz club in the East Village section of NYC. Sunday, February 19th was the 40th anniversary of that senseless act. The Shrine of the Masters (SOM) Gallery in Harlem houses a permanent collection dedicated to the life and music of Lee Morgan. Lena Sherrod, the executive director of the SOM Jazz Gallery put together an invite only event that I was fortunate enough to attend. It was to commemorate and honor Lee Morgan, as well as Jim Harrison from Jazz Mobile. The speakers included legends like Larry Ridley, Louis Hayes and Harold Mabern. Click here for a recent NY Daily News article on the gallery. The walls were adorned with the LP covers that Morgan played on as a leader, and as a sideman. Over 125 of them in total. I'm proud to say that I have a good 90+ of them. There were also many unseen, personal photos. Didn't think it was right to start taking pics of that. Nevertheless, I took a some pics of the space, focusing on a few of the covers. Larry Ridley. A wonderful and gracious man. An ambassador and educator of the music, and a treasure trove of information.