Masters of Jazz Photography – Herb Snitzer

August 29th, 2007

Masters of Jazz Photography

The great improvisational American jazz musicians of the mid-20th century inspired a generation of photographers to develop a looser, moodier style of visual expression. That evocative approach is on striking display in The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography. Covering six decades of performers — from Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington to John Coltrane and Miles Davis — this unique collection is as much a comprehensive catalogue of jazz greats as it is a salute to the photographers who captured them.

     Lee Tanner, a leading authority on jazz photography, has selected works — by such noted jazz photographers as Herman Leonard, Bob Willoughby, Milt Hinton, and Bill Claxton — that are iconic, candid, explosive, and intimate. They provide a simultaneous look at jazz, photography, and America from 1935 into the 1990s.#

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 In cooperation with Tanner, Jerry Jazz Musician will present a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in The Jazz Image.  

This edition:  Herb Snitzer


“Music should always be an adventure.”

– Coleman Hawkins

Roy Eldridge and Coleman Hawkins, musical partners for years, at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1960

Photograph by Herb Snitzer

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Sound samples of Coleman Hawkins and Roy Eldridge

Bean Stalkin’

The Nearness of You

Tea For Two

Blue Moon


Herb Snitzer was born in 1932 and grew up in Philadelphia. After graduating from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1957, he moved to New York City, where he quickly established himself as a busy photojournalist. In 1959 Snitzer became the photography editor of Metronome, then associate editor until 1961. During what proved to be a twenty-year break in his photography career, he earned a master’s degree in education and worked in that field. The jazz world beckoned once again in 1986, when Snitzer’s friend of many years, singer-pianist Nina Simone, asked him to accompany her to Switzerland and document several of her concerts. In the 1990s Snitzer moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, and opened a studio for fine-art photography. His work is displayed in galleries and museums throughout the country, and he has authored five books on music and education. His most recent book, Jazz: A Visual Journey, contains the best of his jazz photography. His work is found online at www.herbsnitzer.com.

     About the Author

     Lee Tanner has been photographing jazz musicians for nearly half a century. His photographs have appeared in Down Beat, Jazz Times, American Photo, and Popular Photography, on the covers of many record albums, and in several books. He lives in Sonora, CA.

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