“This book was a labor of love, and I’m excited to present it to you.

Only portions, or excerpts, of the individualized photo-stories shown within these covers have previously appeared in select – but limited – media around the world. Readers of this book will be the first to see the pieces as a full collection. And while astute jazz followers will recognize a good number of my photographs used within these pages – having seen them in other jazz books and publications over the past 50+ years – scores of them have never before been published.

I consider myself supremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to be in the midst of, interact with, and get to know, so many of our jazz giants, virtually all of whom have left a treasure trove of critically important works of lasting value through their recordings. The voluminous contributions of these great artists, their like-minded musical brothers and sisters, and the masters who came before them, are truly incalculable.

I sincerely hope you will enjoy what you see, and will appreciate my special tribute to these men and women of jazz whose legacies are absolute.”

– Veryl Oakland



“...a truly invaluable work that features some of our most revered music icons, from their strongest to their most vulnerable states as human beings. The pictures and stories pierce the soul in a manner that can only be understood through a personal journey – one in which I urge you to embark on and discover for yourself as you read through the contents of this book.”

– Quincy Jones


“It’s amazing how a really fine picture can bring back so much more than just someone’s face, and these pictures you’ve brought together do that. Almost every page evokes a personal memory and a little story – often something trivial, just a backstage visit or a shared cigarette. We’ll treasure (this book)...You’ve made a document that really gets the feel of a very special scene and a very special time.”

– Steve Swallow and Carla Bley


“Your book is absolutely stunning – the images, your text, your deep understanding and respect for the music and the musicians, and the gorgeous book design. Nothing I've seen in jazz books comes close.

Congratulations, man – a tour de force, and I'm honored to be included.”

– Denny Zeitlin