Too much going on! I forgot all about this Steve Treseler – Saxophone tribute to Kenny Wheeler concert with Ingrid Jensen at The Royal Room in Seattle that went down over a month ago. Steve used my photo of Kenny at Jazz Standard for the flyer!! Good thing it’s streaming now on NPR Music – http://www.npr.org/event/music/395159031/ingrid-jensen-and-steve-treseler-play-kenny-wheeler
The brilliant flamenco/jazz Catalan pianist Chano Dominguez returned to Jazz Standard in April 2012 for the release of Flamenco Sketches on Blue Note Records (which was recorded live at Jazz Standard in 2009) with a solid band of Blas Cordoba (vocals), Omer Avital (bass) and Dafnis Prieto (drums). My shots were published in 2 Barcelona newspapers!
Noah Preminger is one of few young saxophonists on the jazz scene that have a “sound,” and an appreciation and reverence of the history of the music. It was a perfect fit for me to have worked on this EPK video with Noah, as we’re on the same page with a lot of our views of the jazz scene today. I thought Ben Monder and Fred Hersch’s commentary was spot-on, and they were really key in shaping the tone and narrative of the video.
I know it’s hard to believe, but it was cold at least one day this past winter – really cold. That day just so happened to be the one day that we could coordinate to do the album cover shoot for the great jazz pianist, Amina Figarova . . . on a roof deck in Brooklyn Heights nonetheless!
Although we were freezing, we had a blast out there and I’m sure we captured something special because of that very particular place and time.
Sometimes you come up with some of your most creative work under the most spontaneous and sleep-deprived conditions – this shoot being one of those instances for sure. The morning of the shoot, Rudresh came up with the idea of going out to the waterfront in Greenpoint/Williamsburg (where I had last been to see Stone Temple Pilots last summer :-)).
Rudresh’s new quartet features Dave Fiuczynski, Francois Moutin and Dan Weiss.
I’m very excited to offer a sneak preview of my shot of Tre Williams (front man vocalist with The Revelations) gracing the cover of Echoes Magazine, the UK’s Essential Black Music Monthly – along with a few other shots from the shoot. I know it may sound cliché, but I told Tre “that’s the cover” as soon as I got this shot, right on the spot . . . for me it has just that right little mix of vulnerability, determination and introspection that every soul singer should have.
This was one of the “not to miss” shows of the year, and the lineup says it all: Azar Lawrence, Nicholas Payton, Benito Gonzalez, Essiet Okon Essiet and Jeff “Tain” Watts. This group had so much firepower the hard drives nearly ran out of space trying to capture it all! All I can say is, keep an eye out for “The Seeker – Live at Jazz Standard.” (Also, I love photographing saxophone players blowing into those big ol’ condenser mics – such a classic image/vibe).