Category Archives: Musicians Photography

The Pavaroti/Hadid/Picasso Guy

Robben Ford by Harvey Tillis. Once in a great while, you hear someone much much better, significantly more masterful, more brilliant than all the other excellent musicians. That’s this guy. Continue reading

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Serenading Sam’s Wife

Sam hires musicians every Mother’s Day to play for his lovely wife, the mother of his children. Afterwards he takes them to play for his own mother. Continue reading

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Clark Sommers At JAM 2017

Clark Sommers During Jazz Appreciation Month 2017. Limited edition of 12 prints. 11 x 14.6 inch image on 13 x 19 archival lustre paper, archival inks. $150. Continue reading

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Four Portraits In April

April brought me to some music projects including portraits of these four special people. Continue reading

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Packed House

Packed House is a color digitally manipulated photograph of the scene in a crowded jazz night club in Chicago. Continue reading

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Portrait of Ryan Cohan

Portrait of Ryan Cohan Continue reading

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Wojo At The Bike Shop

John Wojciechowski, known to his friends as Wojo, performing his original music at Chris Anderson’s Ancien Cycles & Cafe on Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. Continue reading

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No Place Like SPACE

No Place Like SPACE – Lucinda Williams Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL. Photo by Harvey Tillis. Continue reading

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Mr. & Mrs. Moss Play The Blues

Kate & Nick Moss play the blues at SPACE in Evanston, IL Continue reading

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Mr. Clarke The Liberator

Stanley Clarke Performs at SPACE in Evanston, IL Continue reading

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The Charlie Brown Christmas Gig

Quentin Coaxum Quintet Performs Vince Guaraldi’s Chas Brown Christmas at JRAC in Chicago. Continue reading

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Mr. Collier

Isaiah Collier performing at the 2016 10th Annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival. Photo by Harvey Tillis. Continue reading

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Tito Plays Peruvian With Juan

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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Zebulun Barnow at the Uptown Underground

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Soon Famous Art

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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 … Continue reading

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A Wonderfully Talented Artist

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Pretty Close To “As Good As It Gets”

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 … Continue reading

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Richard Thompson Performs at SPACE

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Ready Tables

Early in the evening, before the working crowd arrives for drinks, recapping of the days’ events, and the making of plans for tomorrow, dining tables wait patiently in the warm, friendly supper club. Photoshop levels and luminance adjustments, a few masks, … Continue reading

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Needing Some Help From My Friends

I entered a competition, The Fifth Annual EXPOSURE Photography Award, and I’m asking you to vote for me AND…AND, briefly comment at the link below, just below the “Click to Vote” button, where it says, “Add a comment.” Spread the word … Continue reading

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Oldest Known Cave Painting Of A Sax Player

We do the best we can under the circumstances. I mean, when I shoot in a dimly lit music club and the shutter speed is so slow that everything gets blurred you just have to improvise if you want something … Continue reading

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Bassist With Sax

“Jazz Record Art Collective is a collaboration between Chris Anderson, club manager of the Green Mill Jazz Club, and Joe Lanasa, director of the Fulton Street Collective. The series occurs the third Wednesday of every month and provides local bands … Continue reading

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival Highlights

2015 marked the 6th year of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. The four day event took place at major music venues including The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club & Restaurant, Green Mill, and FitzGerald’s. A performance … Continue reading

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Jazz Club Bar Scene

There are some wonderful places in the city to hear music. To me, this is the grandaddy of them all, Joe & Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase. I know, the Green Mill has been around since Al Capone days and its … Continue reading

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Cocktails at Green Mill

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival – Night #4 at Fitzgerald’s

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This is a Great Singer!

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Hustling for Hunger Relief

The 2014 Chi-Town Jazz Festival is a 5 day, 9 venue charity event raising money for hunger relief in Chicagoland. All the clubs donate their space and cover fees. All the musicians donate their artistry. All the organizing and promotion … Continue reading

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival

I’ve been documenting the Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago since it started in 2010. Each year jazz musicians donate their artistry, venues around the city donate their space and entry fees, and sponsors step forward to raise … Continue reading

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Tierney Sutton

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Luella!

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Powerful Song

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Good Music. Great Cause

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago begins tonight at Martyrs’. Wednesday at The Jazz Showcase. Thursday at Andy’s Jazz Club. Friday at the Green Mill. Saturday at Sheil in Evanston. Sunday at Lily Reid in Lake Forest. … Continue reading

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Latin Jazz Great, Poncho Sanchez

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Billy Boy Arnold

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Recently Seen: Marco Benevento

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A Mix Of Projects In May

On May 5, Chicago Sister Cities International hosted the Chicago Consular Corps Ball 2011 to celebrate the 79 countries that make up the Corps. This black-tie event payed special tribute to Ann Lurie by honoring her with the 2011 Global … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

I had the great good fortune last week to document Old St. Patrick Church’s Concert Choir, the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Narrator Martin Sheen, Irish Instrumentalists, the Trinity Irish Dancers, vocalists Michael Boschert, Catherine O’Connell, Roderick Dixon, Kate Wild and many … Continue reading

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Jazz Fest Starts Tuesday, Benefits Hunger Relief

The 2011 Chi Town Jazz Festival will swing into high gear from Tuesday, March 22 through March 26. It showcases an array of outstanding jazz artists in some of Chicago’s finest jazz venues. The festival began last year and involves the … Continue reading

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The Holmes Brothers At SPACE

Popsy Dixon, Wendell and Sherman Holmes performing at SPACE in Evanston, IL. The Holmes Brothers produced a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country as they sang at SPACE in Evanston, IL. Their … Continue reading

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Big Sounds From Big Time

We were solving the problems of the world having given up on our own as we walked through the door at Morseland, a music club in Chicago, late Monday night. Spontaneously broke into smiles the instant we heard Big Time … Continue reading

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