Self portrait, Sacramento, CA (1990)

Self portrait, Sacramento, CA (1990)

For more than 25 years – from the 1960s through the '80s – I had the opportunity to interact with and photograph a majority of the creative artists who performed during those decades, all of whom represent the pinnacle of achievement in modern music – the music known internationally as "jazz." Many viewers of this site will recognize both the names and faces of these personalities, having witnessed them in live performances.  Others are familiar with these exemplary musicians through the legacy of their recorded arts, much of which still remains available to the public.

The random sampling of images in this initial rollout is just that...a random sampling.  Over time I plan on uploading additional photographs from the same period within various projects.

I invite you to check back in periodically.

A Brief Biography

Entirely self-taught, I began my professional career covering the jazz scene in the mid-1960s. Knowing nothing about photography, I purchased my first Nikon camera when I was 25, only after graduating college and fulfilling my military obligation. My first published photograph was for the May 1967 cover of Down Beat Magazine.

Since then, thousands of my photographs have been published in scores of media throughout  the world, including some 30 jazz books.  I was the primary photographer chosen to illustrate The Encyclopedia of Jazz in the Seventies by critics Leonard Feather and Ira Gitler, and was the exclusive photographer for Len Lyons’ book, The Great Jazz Pianists.

Me, with southern California photographers (from left) Win Muldrow and Bruce Talamon, at the Berkeley Jazz Festival (1980) Photo credit: Mark Mander

Me, with southern California photographers (from left) Win Muldrow and Bruce Talamon, at the Berkeley Jazz Festival (1980) Photo credit: Mark Mander

During the 1970s and early '80s, I regularly collaborated on numerous  projects (books, magazines, record albums and jazz calendars) with the renowned German critic, author, and record producer Joachim-Ernst Berendt, including his acclaimed Photo Story des Jazz.

Also during those decades, I regularly worked on assignment, photographing and chronicling important events for such premier jazz publications as Swing Journal (Japan), Jazz Magazine (France) and Down Beat (USA).  Throughout my career, I exclusively used available light to compose my shots.    

Growing up in a musical family, my horn of choice was the cornet. I took private lessons for seven years, but never played professionally.