Coltrane in "A love supreme" sessions.
"Whenever photographer Chuck Stewart
was hired by a record company to document a recording session, he would shoot during the rehearsal takes. Recently, his son David was browsing through his archives when he found six undeveloped rolls of film from December 1964, 50 years ago.. They portrayed saxophonist John Coltrane . . . with his quartet, making a work that would soon be hailed as a masterpiece and a landmark of 20th-century music: A Love Supreme." [more inside]
posted by goofyfoot
on Mar 30, 2014 -
The great jazz photographer Herman Leonard is dead at 87.
Leonard took photos of some of the best, including Art Tatum, Dizzie Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Charlie "The Bird" Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis -- to name a few. He led an interesting life
, which included losing thousands of prints (though not, fortunately, the safeguarded negatives) to Hurricane Katrina. Here
are a few
of his shots. Previously
posted by bearwife
on Aug 16, 2010 -
Between 1938 and 1948, William P. Gottlieb wrote about and photographed the jazz world. In 1995, the Library of Congress acquired his collection of approximately 1500 photographs covering more than 250 jazz musicians
. While discussed here seven years ago
, not mentioned at that time was the fact that Mr. Gottlieb agreed to transfer his copyrights into the public domain 15 years after acquisition. Fast forward to 2010, and you will find that the Library has added high resolution TIFFs download links to the image pages (click on the thumbnail images to get to the TIFF download links).
A few pictures to whet your appetite: Ella Fitzgerald and Dizzy Gillespie
, Cab Calloway
, Les Paul
, Django Reinhardt
, Nat King Cole
, Duke Ellington
, Sidney Bechet
, and Louis Armstrong
posted by fings
on Aug 6, 2010 -
The Jazz Loft Project
- From 1957 to 1965, celebrated photojournalist W. Eugene Smith made 4,000 hours of surreptitious recordings and took 40,000 photographs in a loft in Manhattan's wholesale flower district where Roland Kirk, Thelonius Monk, Hall Overton, Charles Mingus and other jazz greats jammed until dawn. Archived in the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, the project is now accessible via a book, a traveling exhibit, a 10-part Jazz Loft series
on WNYC, NPR's Jazz Loft Project Sights & Sounds
, and an interview with JLP author Sam Stephenson
, which includes some images from the book. Via a Grain Edit post
, which also has some great images. [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive
on Jan 3, 2010 -
The iconic photographer William Claxton has died
at the age of 80. His unforgettable shots of Miles Davis, Steve McQueen
(the book of his Baker photos here
), Bob Dylan
, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles
, John Coltrane,
Billie Holiday, Bill Evans
, Lenny Bruce
, Frank Sinatra
and so many others are legend. His books "Jazz Life"
and "Photographic Memory"
are great collections, but his official site
is probably the best way to appreciate the amazing legacy of work he left behind.
posted by Seekerofsplendor
on Oct 12, 2008 -
A Life With Jazz
is a collection of the wonderful photographs of Herman Leonard, focusing on the iconic figures of 20th century jazz music.
posted by jonson
on Aug 30, 2007 -
A jazz photography collection covering the past quarter-century and over 150 artists. Hear musical excerpts and highlights of recorded conversations as you explore.
posted by LinusMines
on Jun 15, 2005 -