This Los Angeles-based shooter has specialized over the last few years
in images from the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Jazz
Fest), but he's got a wide selection from his mainly black-and-white
portfolio online. Some great shots and an eye-catching home page.
Sleek site by the well-known shooter who began his work in the 1950s.
Loaded with gallery images, including his excellent work outside of
jazz photography. He has captured many jazz greats, including Chet
Baker, Miles, Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, Dinah Washington and countless
Probably the most famous jazz photographer, Gottlieb essentially set
the standard with his Speed Graphic working at The Washington Post
starting in 1938. His astounding body of work is now part of the Library
of Congress collection. This site is rich in its gallery images and
wonderful stories of Gottlieb's memories of his very memorable subjects,
including Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie
and of course, Billie Holiday.
One of the relatively younger photographers on the scene, Katz has
a clean site with six galleries including selected images of artists
like Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Pharoah Sanders, Pat Metheny and
Washington, D.C.-based Kliman has been the official photographer for
the NPR Jazz program Billy
Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center since its launch in 1995
-- many of his images grace the pages of NPRJazz.org and the Billy
Taylor Web site. For over 20 years, he has documented the music
he loves around the world and his images, like those of his friend
Herman Leonard, are currently being archived in the Smithsonian Museum
of American History. A personal profile of Kliman can be found on
From the 1940s through the mid-50s, Leonard captured the essence of
the New York jazz scene like no else. His stellar collection of photographs,
featuring Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan Lena Horne, Thelonius, Monk
is part of the Smithsonian Institution's permanent archives. His site
has a gallery of 28 images.
San Francisco native Jim Marshall looks to be primarily a rock photographer,
but he has shot John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly, Miles, and others.
His site was very slow to load when we last checked, but does contain
selected artist images.
Parent (1923-1987) was a prolific photographer in postwar Boston and
pioneered the technique of shooting with available light in the city's
dimly lit clubs. Of over 200,000 photos in his archive, the Web site
contains some of his best, with a featured artist changed monthly.
A single page of a dozen photos by this photographer, on the job since
1939, are well worth a look. The images are scanned large and feature
Miles, Dizzy, Bird, Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Wes Montgomery
This New York-born photographer has worked for the past 40 years chronicling
America's classical music. His site has 35 images of a range of jazz
legends, with brief quotes and bio notes for each. Great site.
Michael has been part of NPRJazz.org's 25Down project and resides
in Boulder, CO. He's been capturing images of musicians since he was
a student at Colorado State University in Fort Collins. After graduation,
he started his own business, Groovetography, hustling along the path
of becoming a professional music photographer.
AH HA! JAZZ
Photos of Jazz
Greats by Helen Mandel
Most of the photos in the Ah Ha! Jazz Portfolio have never been shown
before. They started as a labor of love when, as one of the Overseas
Jazz Clubs' Photographers, access was offered to a long stream of
jazz legendries who appeared at the Twilight Jazz sessions held at
the Overseas Press Club.
in this web site include:
Gillespie, Buck Clayton, Roy Eldridge, Sweets Edison, Max Kaminsky,
Zoot Sims, Buddy Tate, Stan Getz, Lockjaw Davis, Sonny Rollins,
Earl Fatha Hines, Teddy Wilson, Dave Brubeck, Eubie Blake, Hank
Jones, Bill Evans, Marylou Williams, Maxine Sullivan, Helen Humes,
Alberta Hunter, Betty Carter, Joe Williams, Anita ODay,
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bennie Morton, Al Grey, Dickie Wells, Marshall
Brown, Charles Mingus, Arvell Shaw, Jo Jones, Mel Lewis, Max Roach,
Freddie Green, Lionel Hampton, Stephane Grappelli.
Cameos by: Illinois Jacquet, Spanky Davis, Al Casey, Red Mitchell,
Arnett Cobb, Bud Freeman, Clark Terry, Joe Newman, Jon Faddis,
Jimmy Maxwell, Doc Cheatham, Vic Dicken