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Master Jazz Photographers - Web site links
A list of photography websites that represent over 80 years of history from the jazz music scene.

Skip Bolen
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.

William Claxton
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 others.

William Gottlieb
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.

Jimmy Katz
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 Gonazalo Rubalcaba.

Jeffrey Kliman
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 allaboutjazz.com.

Herman Leonard
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.

Jim Marshall
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.

Bob Parent
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.

Duncan Schiedt
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 and others.

Lee Tanner
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 Weintrob/Groovetography
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.


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.
  • Photos in this web site include: Dizzy 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 O’Day, 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
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