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. 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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Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE

Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL

Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL

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One of the truly great, enjoyable, straightforward, fantastic guitar-playing, creative musicians working today.

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Girls’ Night Out

color photo of bar scene

“Girls’ Night Out” is a moment in time on any Friday night in the city.

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Artist’s Palette

color photo of artist's palette

The artist was taking a break when I noticed this random group of objects making for a nice arrangement.

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Late Night Business

color photo of street scene at night

“Late Night Business” is another example of my street photography that was strongly influenced by Mr. Hopper’s paintings.

This is a straight photograph. Only a few Photoshop levels and color adjustments were made to achieve the look. I leaned back from my screen to view how it all looked and instantly realized that I had channeled Edward Hopper’s influence into the image…again. Thanks Mr. H.

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Runners Enter Chinatown

color photo of marathon runners in Chinatown

Runners in the 2015 Chicago Marathon Enter Chinatown on Wentorth.

It’s always a treat whenever I can get to Chicago’s Chinatown on a Sunday morning. I like to visit my favorite bakery for what, at a German Bakery, would be called Apple Strudel. Super tasty! Anyway, today there was an added treat in watching the runners enter this special place in the city.

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Outside Andy’s

color photo of Chicago street scene

Outside Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant in Chicago

I left after the first set was finished at Andy’s. Walked into a cool Friday early Fall night in Chicago. Looking west I saw a riot of colors and motion. Made several exposures quickly, then picked the colors and details I wanted to finally create this composite image.

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Richard’s Bar

color street photography

Richard’s Bar on Grand Avenue near Halsted in Chicago.

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Body Language

color photo of commuters riding in a subway car

Commuters in a Chicago subway car at the end of the day.

I have never seen public transportation decorated so completely as in this car. It practically screamed, “I dare you not to photograph me.” So I did. My main issue was to avoid being able to clearly identify the passengers which I feel has been accomplished. I had this printed very large on museum quality 100% paper using archival ink and was shocked at the quality. Just saying’…

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Twilight At Mill Park

color photo in Millennium Park Chicago

A section of the Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago at one of the last concerts of the 2015 summer season.

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