Packed House

Packed House by Harvey Tillis Photography

“Packed House” is a color digitally manipulated photograph of the scene in a crowded jazz night club in Chicago. Limited Edition of 12 prints. Image is 16×20 on 20×24 inch 310g acid-free 100% rag fine art paper. Details at Saatchi Art.

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Portrait of Ryan Cohan

Portrait of Ryan Cohan by Harvey Tillis Photography.

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Waiting With Tom

Waiting With Tom by Harvey Tillis Photography

Waiting, with Tom Hanks and invited guests at a private event, for the President to arrive after his farewell address to the nation.

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Wojo At The Bike Shop

John Wojciechowski plays sax at Ancien by Harvey Tillis PhotographyJohn Wojciechowski, known to friends as Wojo, performing his original music at Chris Anderson’s Ancien Cycles & Cafe on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

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Outtakes

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No Place Like SPACE

Here’s Lucinda Williams on one of the four nights she played at SPACE in Evanston, IL at the end of 2016. I’ve been shooting in that intimate listening room since their beginning eight years ago. Jazz, blues, folk, classical, new groups, internationally famous artists. What a great venue! http://evanstonspace.com

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Lucky Me!

 

Lucky me! “Urban Sketches” received Honorable Mention as an Editorial Photo Essay from the 2016 Tokyo International Foto Awards Competition.

 

 

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Mr. & Mrs. Moss Play The Blues

Kate & Nick Moss play the blues on a cold, rainy evening bringing a familiar warmth to the night with a little help from Dave Specter.

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Mr. Clarke The Liberator

Stanley Clarke’s web site describes him as, “The Liberator of the Electric and Acoustic Basses.” I can attest that it is decidedly so.

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The Charlie Brown Christmas Gig

To set the mood this holiday season, Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” was performed at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective (JRAC) in Chicago by the Quentin Coaxum Quintet. The group featured Quentin Coaxum- trumpet, Hunter Jay Diamond- tenor sax, Stu Mindeman- piano, Andrew Vogt- bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery- drums. Paintings were created live in response to the music by Lewis Achenbach.

 

 

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Exhibition Continues

Exhibition Continues by Harvey Tillis

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Memory Chair

Memory Chair by Harvey Tillis

Memory Chair

Limited Edition of 12 prints. Image size of 27 x 27 inches is centered on 30 x 30 inch archival 100% cotton fine art paper for easy matting and framing options. Limited editions are titled below image on left and signed below image on right as well as on the back, numbered, dated, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Allow 2 weeks for delivery of this limited edition print. $760.

These chairs were commonplace when I was growing up. Now I see them used more as antiques and decorating accents. I can still imagine the feel and hear the leather seat as I settled in. And what a big day it was when my legs were long enough so that feet actually touched the foot rest enough to flip it back and forth!

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Mr. Collier

Isaiah Collier performing at the 2016 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival in Chicago.

Program notes said: “A graduate of ChiArts High School and first year student at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton, CA, saxophonist Isaiah Collier has been turning heads in Chicago since his parents encouraged him to learn to read and play instruments fluently. Isaiah won the Kiewitt-Wang Award (2013) from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and has toured with Bobby Watson in Texas. He is a member of his family jazz band where he performs with his father, mother and two brothers. He has played with Joan Collaso, Charles Heath, Victor Goines, James Perkins, Bobby Broom, Ernie Adams, Robert Irving III, and Joshua Ramos in venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Du Sable Museum, Jazz in the Courtyard, Room 43, Operation Push Convention, and Café Logan. Isaiah has played at the Jazz Showcase with the Thelonious Monk Institute National Performing Arts High School All-Star Jazz Quintet led by saxophonist Antonio Hart, receiving praise from Howard Reich as “the standout.”” Not bad for a man in his early 20’s.

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Howard Street

Howard Street by Harvey Tillis

“Howard Street,” a limited edition of 12 prints, 26.3 x 35 inches acid free, lignin free, 100% cotton rag archival fine art paper. $880.

Limited Edition of 12 prints. Image size of 26.25 x 35 inches is centered on 30 x 40 inch archival 100% cotton fine art paper for easy matting and framing options. Limited editions are titled below image on left and signed below image on right as well as on the back, numbered, dated, and come with a certificate of authenticity. Allow 2 weeks for delivery of this limited edition print.

“Howard Street” is an addition to my “Urban Sketches” series. I photograph scenes around the city and process them using a variety of techniques and styles to capture the mood and feeling that best expresses how I feel about the image.

 

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Hot Summer City Night

Hot Summer City Night by Harvey Tillis

It was a humid, hot evening as we enjoyed another couple while eating on the patio at one the the best, funkiest Cuban restaurant’s I’ve ever been to, 90 Miles From Cuba, on Armitage. Loud music, noisy people, delicious empanadas, ceviche and a bottle of red. Dusk turned to night. People, cars and kids floated by. So memorable. A special time.

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Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction”

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman's "Science Fiction" by Harvey Tillis

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction”

Doodle 6 In Response to Ornette Coleman’s “Science Fiction” was created after hearing the music performed on September 3, 2016 at Millennium Park in Chicago by the Bad Plus. Artists included Ethan Iverson piano, Reid Anderson bassist, drummer Dave King, Tim Berne on tenor sax, Sam Newsome soprano sax, and Ron Miles playing trumpet. The music moved me to look up Coleman and his free jazz music style as I waited for my bus ride home after the concert. Wikipedia says, “… Free jazz is an approach to jazz music that was first developed in the 1950s and 1960s as musicians attempted to alter, extend, or break down jazz convention, often by discarding fixed chord changes or tempos. Though the music of free jazz composers varied widely, a common feature was dissatisfaction with the limitations of bebophard bop, and modal jazz that had developed in the 1940s and 1950s…” I’ve been working through my own dissatisfaction with how photos look, how my photos look, and am exploring different styles and effects that express what I want to say and show. Here is one of my results.

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Micro-Brewery #1

Micro-Brewery #1 by Harvey TillisWish I had my view camera and a tripod with me when I saw this scene. I would love to have captured extreme minute details of everything there. I carefully composed, then shot best possible hand held at 3200 ISO. The orange lamp shade at left first caught my eye. After that the entire scene exploded in my mind. It isn’t a good document of what happens in that brewery. Rather, it underlines again that I see my art wherever I find it. Love the colors and lines. They brew some tasty barrel-aged beer there too. Whiner Beer Company

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Tito Plays Peruvian With Juan

Tito Carrillo by Harvey Tillis

Tito Carrillo

Peruvian night jazz music, dance and song were featured at Constellation in Chicago. Music was performed by Chinchano, a band lead by percussionist Juan Pastor and included Stu Mindeman on piano, Patrick Mulcahy bass, Tito Carrillo trumpet, and Rich Moore on alto sax and clarinet. Edward Carpio Salguero sang. The dancers included Ruben Pachas, Jessica Loyaga and Cyndy Hill.

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Agenda

Agenda by Harvey Tillis

“Agenda” by Harvey Tillis

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Little City Bikes

Bicycles locked up while the riders enjoy a street fair.

Bicycles locked up while the riders enjoy a street fair.

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Women Of The Blues Gallery Exhibit

Here are four images I was fortunate to have included in a wonderful exhibit that opened the week of Chicago’s Blues Fest; Ann Harris, Brittany Howard, Sharon Lewis, and Shemekia Copeland. Lynn Orman Weiss organized this 60 image show titled, “Women Of The Blues: A Coast-to-Coast Collection.” Her efforts paid off with over 400 fans and patrons attending including a handful of women who were pictured. Here’s a photo of me with Sharon Lewis, one of my all-time favorite blues singers. What a treat!

Harvey Tillis at Women of the Blues Gallery Opening with Sharon Lewis.

Harvey Tillis at Women of the Blues Gallery Opening with Sharon Lewis.

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Quiet City Morning

"Quiet City Morning" in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago.

“Quiet City Morning” in the Bucktown neighborhood in Chicago.

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The JRAC Musicians & Artists Showcase

On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 the Fareed Haque Quintet performed Chick Corea’s TOUCHSTONE album from 1982. The group included Fareed Haque on guitars, Reggie Thomas on piano/keys, Marlene Rosenberg on bass, Juan Pastor on Cajon/percussion, and Rodrigo Villanueva on drums. That same night I had the delightful opportunity to showcase a portfolio of musicians and artists who have performed at JRAC, The Jazz Record Art Collective, over the past almost 3 years.

Harvey Tillis with gallery show of musicians and artists who performed at JRAC. Photo ©Philamonjaro, Phillip Solomonson

Harvey Tillis with gallery show of musicians and artists who performed at JRAC. Photo ©Philamonjaro, Phillip Solomonson.

This slideshow documents the portfolio. (All images ©2016 Harvey Tillis Photography. All rights reserved.)

JRAC events are produced by Chris Anderson and this gallery is a tribute to the work he has done in Chicago’s jazz community.

The Jazz Record Art Collective,” occurs every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 1821 W. Hubbard St., in Chicago. Each month a new lineup of jazz musicians, painters, and photographers, perform and respond to a different earlier important jazz record and musician.

Many images from this showcase are available for purchase as 5×7, 11×14, 16×20, and 20×30 matted prints. Please contact me through this site for special pricing. Thanks!

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Zebulun Barnow at the Uptown Underground

Zebulun Barnow performs at The Uptown Underground in Chicago.

Zebulun Barnow performs at The Uptown Underground in Chicago.

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Roosevelt Old and New

The original Roosevelt University in front of their towering latest downtown building in Chicago.

The original Roosevelt University in front of their towering latest downtown building in Chicago.

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Soon Famous Art

Paper pasted on a wall ready to be painted into a notable artwork.

Paper pasted on a wall ready to be painted into a notable artwork.

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Remembering Hadid

Zaha Hadid. Photographer unknown so far (wish it had been me).

Zaha Hadid. Photographer unknown so far (wish it had been me).

Phaeno science centre in Wolfsburg, Germany Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Phaeno science centre in Wolfsburg, Germany Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

Galaxy Soho By Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid died yesterday. Her work caught my eye and imagination years ago. She was fearless and strong. Her designs were thrilling. Here’s a link to the Guardian’s tribute, Zaha Hadid’s 10 best buildings in pictures.

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The Chi-Town Jazz Festival For Hunger Relief


This slideshow documents the 2016 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. World-class musicians donated their talents, venues donated their space, and volunteers worked together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients were Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. The Festival raised over $41,000 through 6 concert events. I’ve been documenting all seven years. Planning has already begun for next year. Details about the Festival are at chitownjazzfestival.org.

Musicians featured in this slideshow include Jim Gailloreto, Jill Kaeding, Cheryl Wilson, Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Greg Artry, Leandro Lopez Varady, Stu Miller, Makaya McCraven, Howard Levy, Larry Kohut, Justin Thomas, John Moulder, Ron Petrillo, Eric Schneider, Frank Catalano, Steve Million, John Sims, Juan Pastor, Mike Allemana, Tammy McCann, Reginald Robinson, Bruce Barth, and Sarah Marie Young.

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Mr. Puryear’s Sculpture

The Art Institute of Chicago presents a Special Exhibit "of over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures by Martin Puryear. This exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear's inspirations, methods, and transformative process."

The Art Institute of Chicago presents a Special Exhibit “of over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures by Martin Puryear. This exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear’s inspirations, methods, and transformative process.” Through May 1, 2016.

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Congratulations Theresa

Theresa Mah

Theresa Mah

Theresa Mah celebrating the news she had won the Democratic Primary for State Representative for the 2nd District that includes the Pilsen, Chinatown, Bridgeport, McKinley Park, Brighton Park and Back of the Yards neighborhoods.in Chicago. With her is Chuy Garcia, former Mayoral candidate and a current Cook County Commissioner.

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Urban Impressionist Street Photography – Sort of…

An impressionist view while touring in downtown Chicago.

An impressionist view while touring in downtown Chicago.

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A Wonderfully Talented Artist

Michelle West creates art inspired during a live jazz performance.

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Pretty Close To “As Good As It Gets”

Joe Lovano and John Scofield Perform at SPACE in Evanston, IL.

John Scofield and Joe Lovano Perform at SPACE in Evanston, IL.

I’m not a fan of the phrase, “As Good As It Gets.” Too overused and just not descriptive enough. Yet, when it comes to remembering how these two jazz greats played a few nights ago I can’t help but instantly think, “Yes, it really was.”

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Doorway 1221

color photo of city doorway

The entrance to a building in one of Chicago’s older neighborhoods.

Found in the old Pilsen neighborhood, this is the entrance to what is now an apartment building in a funky changing section of Chicago. The lights were coming on as the city changed into night. Street light illuminates the outside while incandescent bulbs light the lobby. I love the juxtaposition of hard bricks and water lily painted interior.

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My Vermeer

The light on this scene in a coffee shop on a quiet afternoon caught my eye and captured my imagination.

The light on this scene in a coffee shop on a quiet afternoon caught my eye and captured my imagination.

More than a little, often subtle, Photoshop work changed the surface, focus and overall lighting in this image.

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