Jazz Artists

_DSC1396.jpgMiles_Davis jpeg.jpgDSC_3729 Wynton Marsalis Web Page.jpgArchie Shepp BW.jpgDanny Barker on banjo web page 12 x 18 image.jpgKermit Ruffin web page image.jpgBB King.jpg_DSC0108 Ron Carter.jpg_DSC0306 Shannon Powell 2011 NOJ&HF bw.jpg_DSC0466 Ahmad Jamal 2011 NOJ&HF.jpg_DSC0672 Esparanza Spalding.jpg_DSC0930.jpg_DSC0001 copy.jpg_DSC1372 Joe Dyson Drummer BW.jpg_DSC1424 STanley Clark Atl Jazz Fest.jpg_DSC1735.jpg_DSC2347 copy Stefan Harris.jpg_DSC3138 Roy Haynes NOJ&HF.jpg_DSC3548 Terrance Blanchard 2009.jpg_DSC3425 Drummer NOJ&HF 2011 BW.jpg_DSC3541 Nicholas Payton NOJ&HF 2011 bw.jpg_DSC3148 Roy Haynes.jpg_DSC4258 Sonny Rollins 12 x 18.jpg_DSC4264 Sonny Rollins.jpg_DSC4431 topaz.jpg_DSC4899 Trombone jazz fest copy.jpg_DSC7554 a.jpg_DSC9035 copy.jpg_DSC7593 copy 2.jpgJoe Dyson drummer-0107.jpg_DSC9038.jpg_DSC9368 Allen Toussaint bw 16 x 24.jpgCRW_0041 copy (2).jpgDSC_0078  Dr.Lonnie Smith.jpgDSC_0079.jpgDSC_0112 Baham on trumpet.jpgDSC_0112 Nicholas Payton II.jpgDSC_0123.jpgDSC_3798Kermit & Marlon alternative copy topaz.jpgDSCF4993 trumpet and sheet music.jpgGENERATIONS resized .jpg_DSC8996.jpgJoe Dyson copy.jpgNew Orleans Pacifier.jpgStevie Wonder and Wynton Marsalis 12 x 18.jpgTerrance Blanchard II copy Terrance Blanchard.jpgWallace Roney 9 x 14 bw.jpgWalter Payton copy A.jpg_DSC0033 Lil Glen topaz.jpgMilton Baptiste with Trombome Shorty.jpgSonny Rollins web page image.jpgTerrance Blanchard 2009 web page image.jpg


I was raised on Jazz.  Brought up listening to Big Band Jazz played by the orchestras of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and Chick Webb.  Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Dinah Washington were also on the turntable.  The era’s greats,  playing on vinyl records and my parents’ radio, influenced my music psyche.

The likes of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie hearkened in the era of Bee Bop.  These sounds were strange to my young ears, but served as the foundation for my appreciation of Jazz today.

Art Blakely & The Jazz Messengers and other straight ahead musicians took me through my high school years.  Straight ahead and Avant Garde became du jour listening in college (John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Miles Davis, et. al).  The influence of Jazz continues to be the beat of my listening pleasure.

It has been my good fortune to meld my appreciation for Jazz with another passion – photography.  It is with sincerest respect that I attempt to pay homage to both with my images.