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Live Performances Kyle Eastwood Performs at The Jazz Kitchen

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News Davey Adkins

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I was saddened to hear that friend and amazing musician Davey Adkins passed away  last night.    This image was made at possibly Davey’s last performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indy.


News Indy Jazz Fest 2012 Poster

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This is the limited edition poster, produced for the 2012 Indy Jazz Fest.  It’s features the legendary trombonist, composer and band leader, Slide Hampton.  Prints signed by the photographer may be purchased for $12.00 + $3.00 shipping.  Please reach out to me here and I’ll get one out to you.


Publications Jazzed In Indy!

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I made this image several years ago for a Northwest Airlines publication called World Traveler.  They were doing a multi-page feature on Jazz in Indy.    Musician Rob Dixon is standing on a ledge with a 20′ drop to his right.  In an effort to place him where I needed him in the frame, I was shooting off a tall ladder.  I had been searching for a location to get some of the downtown buildings in the background and found this spot.  I shot this image of Rob in the late afternoon and another image later in the late evening to catch the lights on in the buildings.  This was my first of many projects for this publication.

Live Performances Cedar Walton

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This image of Cedar Walton was made at the world famous Jazz Showcase in Chicago.  Thanks to Cedar for giving me a few minutes to make the image.

In the early 1960s, Cedar along with the late, great Freddie Hubbard joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, where he played along side another legendary player, Wayne Shorter.   Walton left the Messengers in 1964 and by the late 1960s was part of the house rhythm section at Prestige Records, where in addition to releasing his own recordings, he recorded with Sonny CrissPat MartinoEric Kloss, and Charles McPherson. For a year, he served as Abbey Lincoln‘s accompanist, and recorded with Lee Morgan from 1966 to 1968.

From the 1980s until the present day, Walton has remained active, and many of his compositions have been adopted as jazz standards, including “Firm Roots”, “Bolivia” and “Cedar’s Blues”. “Bolivia” is perhaps Walton’s best known composition, while one of his oldest is “Fantasy in D”, was recorded under the title “Ugetsu” by Art Blakey in 1963.

In January 2010, he was inducted as a member of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters.


Live Performances Creole Legend Morris Ardoin

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I had never seen Morris Ardoin before so when the Jazz Kitchen booked him for their Back Room concert series, it was a great opportunity to check him out.

Born in 1935 in Evangeline Parish, Louisiana,  Morris Ardoin is the oldest son of legendary Cajun/Creole musician Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin. He began learning to play music at thirteen years old by listening to his cousins and has been going strong for over 60 years now. Although many people know him as one of the last Louisiana Creole fiddlers, few have had the opportunity to see him as the accomplished accordionist and singer that he is. At long last, I had the chance to get an up close and personal look at this unique performer.

Live Performances Soul Legend Syl Johnson

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I had the opportunity to spend some time photographing Syl Johnson, the legendary Chicago based Soul singer.   Syl has played with many of the great soul/blues musicians of the 50s-60s including Magic Sam (another Mississippi transplant and Chicago neighbor of Syl’s), Howlin’ Wolf, Billy Boy Arnold and Junior Wells.

This image was made backstage at Space, a beautiful venue in Evanston, IL where Syl and his big band were performing two sets.   Syl spoke to the crowd about his life, his new guitar endorsement and other musicians sampling his music (something that has made him quite a bit of money) but more importantly, he performed several tunes that fans had come to here including Take Me to the River and Is It Because I’m Black.   A warm man with a big smile, I asked Syl to play through a tune or two during session which he was happy to do.   The photograph below is one image from that session.



Live Performances Mike Stern @ The Jazz Kitchen

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Mike Stern paid an overdue visit to The Jazz Kitchen last week.  Along with Mike, Tom Kennedy and Ritchie Morales round out the trio.   Generally smiling and having a great time, Stern played a great mix of tunes from his recent recording and some vintage tunes as well.

Live Performances Esperanza Spalding

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This image of Esperanza Spalding was made during her stop in Indianapolis in support of her “Radio Music Society” recording.  An enthusiastic crowd at the Old National Center was treated to a great show by Spalding, alternating from electric to acoustic bass throughout the performance.

Esperanza’s band include 11 members in addition to her, including Esperanza on Double Bass, Electric Bass and Lead Vocal, Leo Genovese on piano, Rhodes and various keyboards, Jef Lee Johnson on electric guitar and backing vocals, Lyndon Rochelle on drums and backing vocals.  The horn section featured Daniel Burke on tenor and soprano, Aaron Burnett on tenor, Jeff Galindo and Corey King on trombone and Igmar Thomas on trumpet.  The creative Leala Cyr provided backing vocals as she did on Esperanza’s last recording and tour.  While I believe saxophonist Tia Fuller is part of this band, I don’t recall seeing her.

News Kidd Jordan

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This is a photograph of me and friend Edward “Kidd” Jordan, taken out back of the Jazz Showcase in Chicago this year, a month or so before his 77th Birthday.  Kidd was in Chicago for the 2nd Annual “Brotherhood of Fred” show, paying well deserved respect to the late, great Fred Anderson.

Kidd is originally from Crowley, Louisiana and is currently back in his home in New Orleans (watch for his guest spot on the HBO series “Treme” as well), after being displaced for many years by hurricane Katrina.  I met Kidd several years ago on one of his frequent trips to Chicago.  He was very close to Fred Anderson, another great tenor player and for some time, it was rare to see one without the other.  Kidd would be in town to play nightly “after-sets” at Fred’s Velvet Lounge, during the Chicago Jazz Fest.  These after-sets would become legendary before Fred’s untimely death in June of 2010.  I was actually in NYC to photograph the Vision Festival, where Fred (and Kidd) were scheduled to play when I got word of Fred’s death.  I was actually speaking with Kidd at the time I received the call.  Fred had fallen ill a few weeks before and while we all held out hope Fred would recover, it just wasn’t to be.   That evening, pianist Richard Muhal Abrams dedicated his solo performance to Fred.

Kidd has played with so many other legendary players including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ornette Coleman, Henry Grimes, Cecil Taylor, Canonball Adderley…really too many to list but you get the idea.  Kidd was also given the Vision Festival’s Lifetime Recognition Award in 2008, well deserved and I was happy to be there for it.  I recall that particular night being in a very small venue on the lower-eastside with no air-condition..during the middle of a heatwave in NYC….    To say Kidd is a wonderful person would be an understatement and I take every opportunity to see him when I can!

This photograph was made by another friend, John Broughton.