Category Archives: Musicians Photography

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My Interview with Chicago Jazz Magazine

I shared my background as well as some useful information about issues photographers face as we capture musicians in this Chicago Jazz Magazine interview. Take a look.

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Greem Mill Cocktail Lounge Chicago

It’s unusual to see this normally crowded legendary jazz club empty. Covid time made it so. Here’s hoping it reopens very soon.

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Music & Musicians – Chicago #3

SLIDESHOW – Chicago was asked to stay at home during Spring 2020. All clubs were closed. Here is a slideshow as an exercise in remembering and celebrating the talents of some wonderful jazz and blues musicians.

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Music & Musicians – Chicago #2

SLIDESHOW – Chicago was asked to stay at home during Spring 2020. All clubs were closed. Here is a slideshow as an exercise in remembering and celebrating the talents of some wonderful jazz and blues musicians.

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Music & Musicians – Chicago #1

SLIDESHOW – The city was asked to stay at home during Spring 2020. All clubs were closed. I decided to reach back to earlier dates as an exercise in remembering and enjoying some wonderful jazz and blues musicians. Here is the first of a series of slideshows to celebrate their talents. Photos include Guy King, Juan Daniel Pastor, Patricia Barber, Dana Hall, Hunter Jay Diamond, Quentin Coaxum, Paul Wertico, and Isaiah Collier.

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New Book Available Now

CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE … for a slideshow of performers and details about my book celebrating SPACE, the music hall in Evanston, IL during its first 10 years.

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CGQ Plays Captain Marvel

SLIDESHOW – Chris Greene Quintet performed Stan Getz ‘s CAPTAIN MARVEL at the Jazz Record Art Collective. The visual artist was Abena Motaboli. Chris Greene on reeds, Damian Espinosa piano/keyboards, Marc Piane bass, Steve Corley drums. Chris Edwards percussionist

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Documenting Chi-Town Jazz Festival #11

SLIDESHOW – Here are some photo highlights from the 11th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief.

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Music and Songs by Milton Suggs

SLIDESHOW – Vocalist Milton Suggs returned home to Chicago for an evening of swing, soul, and his original music at Chris Anderson’s Fulton Street Collective.

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Nightlife At The Jazz Showcase

Late night bar scene at Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase in Chicago where Tim Warfield brought his Jazzy Christmas crew to perform during the holiday. Sold out and rightly so.

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Documenting Jazz Gospel Inspired Handel

SLIDESHOW – 1/18/20 – The 15th annual concert of Handel’s classic Messiah was reimagined as a spirited jazz-gospel makeover at Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre…and also kicked off the “Year of Chicago Music”.

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Checking The Tunes

A couple reviews the variety of music on the juke box between live jazz performances at Chicago’s Green Mill.

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Brandee Younger, Jazz Harpist

Listening to Brandee Younger now on WBGO brought back memories of her from 8/29/18 when Dana Hall’s band performed MCoy Tyner’s “Extensions” at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective, JRAC, in Chicago.

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Patricia Barber at the Green Mill

12/23/19 – The Patricia Barber Trio performed at Chicago’s Green Mill during their regular Monday night residency. Songs from her highly praised latest album, “Higher”, were featured. Barber on piano, Larry Kohut on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.

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Kelly Sill At The Green Mill

To quote National Jazz Critic Neil Tesser, Sill’s “… oceanic tone carries on a Chicago  bass tradition that starts with Milt Hinton and runs  through such artists as Wilbur Ware and Rufus  Reid”… Here he accompanied Mike Jones on piano and Eric Montzka on drums at a recent Green Mill gig.

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The Masters

Kirk Brown on piano and Yosef Ben Israel quietly, brilliantly solo during a set with the Ari Brown Quintet at The Promontory in Chicago.

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Smiley Plays The Blues

Smiley Tillmon played the blues with his band recently at SPACE in Evanston, IL as part of their Blue Monday series.

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Just Chairs

Chairs stacked in the corner of a music club. Soon they would be spread around the room for guests arriving that evening.

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Maggie Burrell!

Maggie Burrell, performing at the Fulton Street Collective, was the perfect singer for this great band, The Chicago Yestet.

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Caroline Davis & Rob Clearfield at the Green Mill

Caroline Davis & Rob Clearfield performed their new album, “Persona” at a CD release party at Chicago’s Green Mill.

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Stu Mindeman at the Jazz Record Art Collective

Stu Mindeman played with the Artie Black Quintet as they performed Eddie Harris’ “THE IN SOUND” at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective, JRAC, in Chicago. 

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Victor Goines at the Hyde Park Jazz Society

Victor Goines performed at The Promontory in Chicago for the Hyde Park Jazz Society’s Sunday night series. 

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Rocking Chair on the Porch of a Hyde Park Chicago Home

Rocking Chair on the Porch of a Hyde Park Chicago Home.

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Slideshow – 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival – Thursday

A slideshow with some of the great musicians at the 41st Annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Thursday, 8/29/19.

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Isaiah Collier at MCA for JIC

Isaiah Collier at the MCA for JIC During Jazz Festival Week

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Nicholas Tremulas at The Blue Nocturne

Nicholas Tremulus at The Blue Nocturne in Chicago, 8/25/19.

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Revisiting The Nite Cap

The Nite Cap is a late night coffee house and bar.

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The Lookout

The Lookout is ornamentation I saw on an old elementary school while bicycle riding through a Humboldt Park neighborhood. 

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2019 Chicago Blues Festival Performers

Slideshow – Click on the photo above to view a few of the performers at the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival, the world’s largest free blues festival.

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Dressed For Summer

A huge crowd basked in the sun at a neighborhood art fair. I saw this woman relaxing in the sun while she listed to a rock band on stage. Just taking it all in on an easy summer Sunday.

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Front Porch Stage at Blues Fest

Summer is here for sure when the Blues Festival kicks into gear. Here is how things looked in the park along Michigan Avenue. Sounded great. Looked great. Only got better after that.

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Beginning And End Of A Bus Line

Many buses end and begin their routes at this Navy Pier location in Chicago. Crowds jump on and off, then ride north, west or south to all parts of the city.

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Music Series in the Gallery

Andrew Spear plays music from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album as Aaron Wooten paintings look on at Chris Anderson’s Jazz Record Art Collective in Chicago.

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Wires On A Cloudy Day

“Wires On A Cloudy Day” Sometimes the gift is right in front of you. Simple. Obvious. I think this is a gift.

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Linda’s Flower Shop

“Linda’s Flower Shop” Here is my spin on a photo made to look like a painting. This scene helped me out when I wanted to do something thoughtful and fun for a friend in the hospital

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Lake Street Corner

“Lake Street Corner” … the curving shadows that the elevated tracks made on the street… lead me to eliminate all color. When I did I discovered new possibilities about what to include and how to crop this image making it look like a lithograph or etching. 

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Integrating Industrial Design With Nature

“Integrating Industrial Design With Nature” I shoot what I see and when I see something that is beautiful to me I have to capture it, then explore why. Here are lines and colors that could easily be dismissed unless I isolated them and experimented with colors and textures to arrive at a pleasing result.

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Howard Street Underpass

“Howard Street Underpass” This is a color photograph of a section of Howard Street in Chicago at night. All the elements seemed to be positioned just right. Processing for details and color was my exploration.

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Grand To Howard Blur

This is the Grand Avenue Subway Stop for trains going north to Howard Street. I captured it while exploring the use of blurs in projects. 

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Evening Rush Hour Begins

“Evening Rush Hour Begins” Looking down from the 67th floor of Willis Tower in Chicago. The light was changing as evening’s rush hour began. I added special effects to achieve this different treatment to what looked too “normal” to me.

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Evening Dance – Winter

“Evening Dance – Winter” Traffic patters make some interesting designs. Here is one captured from the 27th floor of a downtown Chicago building in winter toward the end of an evening rush hour. Buses, taxis, and commuters going every which way. 

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Duks At Night

“Duks At Night” A special place to find greasy salted French fries, char-broiled hot dogs, chili, and a beverage late on a cold rainy night. Proof that man is not rational. Yum!

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Urban Sketch #37

“Urban Sketch #37” There are times when I just have to make an image. Right now, wherever that may be. I captured this scene with my smartphone while riding on a bus. Later I cropped it and experimented with a wide variety of filters and adjustments to finally achieve this result. Making a photograph look like a painting, sketch, or etching is fine with me. The end justifies the means…even when you don’t quite know where the end is.

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Crossing State and Adams

“Crossing State and Adams” The challenge here was to change the scene so that people could not be identified. In the process I tweaked colors and made the architecture look like it had been painted. Shadows were fun to play with too. I like how they help frame the image.

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Cozy Noodles & Rice, Evanston 2011

If ever there was a scene begging to be photographed it was this one. My mind saw a finished print before I even snapped the shutter. Had to be a toned black and white with wet pavement and warmth radiating from the noodle shop. 

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View Thru The Bus Stop Window

A good street photography exercise for me is to find, frame and shoot quickly as I explore the city. Here is an image found while the bus I was riding on stopped to pick up passengers.

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Chicago Fire Escape

As I waited in an old Chicago neighborhood on a warm sunny day for my client to arrive the buildings and doorways came alive with their stories of lives over the years. Here is a section of the kind of fire escape that once was seen everywhere. Now they are rare. I wondered if it has ever been used.

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Building Window With Chairs

This scene was screaming to me to be captured. More color, more detail, more lines. I had to force myself to stop.

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Cityscape #104275. Bitter Cold But Still A Beauty

“Cityscape #104275. Bitter Cold But Still A Beauty” was photographed from the 15th floor of a hospital campus building in downtown Chicago. A peak of Lake Michigan can be seen in the distance.

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Couple At The Clipper In Another World

“Couple At The Clipper In Another World” is a late night scene at the California Clipper in Chicago.

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