Masters of Jazz Photography — Jim Marshall

February 28th, 2014

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.

The late Lee Tanner was a leading authority on jazz photography. For this book, Tanner 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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Jerry Jazz Musician presents a number of editions of “Master of Jazz Photography,” featuring a work by one of the photographers featured in The Jazz Image.

 

This edition: Jim Marshall

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Jim Marshall (1936 – 2010) was born in San Francisco and began taking pictures as a teen.  In 1961, at the end of a tour in the Air Force, he moved to New York City to be part of its flourishing jazz and folk music scene.  He contributed photographs to several major record companies and magazines.  The Newport Jazz Festival incorporated a Folk Festival in the 1960s, and the two festivals were his photographic playgrounds.  Several years later Marshall returned to the Bay Area, where he found yet another new musical love:  electrified rock and roll.  He jumped right into the hippie scene, but he was still involved with jazz, going to the San Francisco clubs and the Monterey Jazz Festival.  Some of his best work can be found in the books Not Fade Away, Jim Marshall: Proof, and Jim Marshall: Jazz.  Him images can be seen online at www.jimmarshallvault.com

 


 
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Miles Davis with Steve McQueen, 1963

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Thelonious Monk, 1964

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Miles Davis, 1971

 

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Duke Ellington, 1966

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Jimi Hendrix, 1967

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Ray Charles, 1962

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John Coltrane, 1960

 

 

 

 


 

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A short video on Marshall’s work

Read Mr. Marshall’s March 24, 2010 obituary

 


 

 

About the Author

 

Lee Tanner photographed 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.

 

Jerry Jazz Musician remembers Lee Tanner

 

# Text from the publisher

 

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