Last month I was hired to shoot the album cover and promotional images for Big Daddy Kane’s upcoming release “The Las Supper.” The amazing band the Lifted Crew, and singer Showtyme collaborated with Kane on this project. The shoot was a cold day in Brooklyn. I had the task of finding a location that would fit a 55 cherry red chevy convertible. I know an artist in Red Hook that let us use his studio to shoot it. It was a great shoot. Below you will see a poster for the upcoming CD release show at the Blue Note in NYC on March 11 as well as some of my favorite images from the shoot.
The invite for the upcoming CD Release show at the Blue Note, NYC
Big Daddy Kane
Mega from the Lifted Crew
Miami Geis from the Lifted Crew
White from the Lifted Crew
Nicky Cake and E. Flux from the Lifted Crew
Big Daddy Kane, Showtyme and the Lifted Crew
Jamcruise 11 happened from January 7-12, 2013. This year my goal was to try and tell the story in a different way. I was inspired to shoot portraits like I have in years past. You can check those out in my Print store. With the help of Lance Eubanks and all of his crew we set up a small softbox on the pool deck, stage right,and pulled off something really great. For 3 nights in a row I shot portraits of everyone who came by and were willing to pose for a picture.. On Jamcruise there is a different theme every day, and the costumes are amazing. We shot musicians, fans, Jamcruise staff and the crew from the cruise line. Here is just a sampling of the images. Click here to see the whole gallery.
David Heinz from Steel Pulse
Art and Lorraine Neville
Really honored my photos were used for the new Heritage Blues Orchestra album. It has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Blues Album of 2012. Back in April of 2012, I was lucky enough to be there behind the scenes shooting their rehearsal and in in the studio shooting portraits for the album package.
Chaney Sims and Bill Sims. JR
Bill Sims. JR, Chaney Sims,Bruno Wilhelm, Jr Mack
Bill Sims. JR
Larry Skoller and Matt Skoller
Vincent Bucher’s Harmonicas
Kenny Smith “Beedy Eyes” Smith and Bruno Wilhelm
Jr. Mack and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
The albums producer, Larry Skoller and The Heritage Blues Orchestra
Bill Sims. JR and Jr Mack
Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
Jr Mack, Bruno Wilhelm and Kenny “Beedy Eyes” Smith
The Heritage Blues Orchestra
Last month I drove out to New Jersey to photograph Billy Martin for the cover of Jazz Times Magazine. I am a long time fan of Billy’s band Medeski, Martin and Wood. I set up the studio in his backyard. After a couple of hours of shooting we took a break for lunch. When we returned to the outdoor studio the sun had moved. The trees in his yard were casting a beautiful shadow on the back drop. We decided to shoot more images and one of these images was the one the magazine chose. Sometimes you can not plan what is going to happen with photography. I am very happy with the results from this shoot. It was great fun spending the afternoon with Billy!
Billy Martin on the cover of the November issue of Jazz Times Magazine
I am really honored to have my work featured in the November, 2012 issue of Popular photography magazine. There is a small image of Bootsy Collins published on the bottom left side of the cover and a double page feature on the inside of the magazine. You can find the magazine out on newstands nowI am getting closer and closer to figuring out the write direction on how I am going to publish this body of work. To see more images from this series click go to instrumenthead.com.
Cover of the Popular Photography Magazine November, 2012 issue
Instrumenthead series featured Popular Photography Magazine November, 2012 issue. Double click on the image to see the whole story
Last night at the Symphony Space many j.azz greats got together in support of President Obama. The pianist Aaron Goldberg has been organizing jazz benefit concerts for every presidential election since 2004 to raise money for the Democratic side. It was an honor being there shooting the concert and behind the scenes.
The poster for the event
Jim Hall, Ron Carter and Jimmy Heath
Roy Haynes and Aaron Goldberg
Dee Dee Bridgewater was the host of the evening
Kenny Barron, Jimmy Heath and Ron Carter
Ron Carter and Jim Hall
Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride and Ralph Peterson
Mccoy Tyner and Joe Lovano
Gretchen Parlato and Becca Stevens
Brad Meldau and Christian McBride
Aaron Goldberg, Christian McBride and Roy Haynes
Christian Mcbride and Roy Haynes
Joe Lovano and Christian McBride
Aaron Goldberg, Joe Lovano and Christian McBride
Roy Haynes and Dee Dee Bridgewater
On September 13 and 14th I had the great honor of being a co-host for Rock Your Palate. This was an event that Mastercard and Thrillist put onto to bring food, music and art together in a priceless way. The event took place at the Floating World Gallery in Lincoln Park. I was chosen to hang my images in the gallery. During the day at the gallery I had a studio set up where I was shooting musicians from Chicago. At night the gallery turned into a private party with an 80 person dinner with Top Chefs Giuuseppe Tentori, Dirk Flanagan and Sarah Grueneberg. A band was put together by Ricardo Gonzalez both nights. Ian Edgar was also on hand to start the evening with a video projectionist DJ set. Below you will be able to take a look at some of the images that I shot in the studio over those two days as well as a few pictures from the event. Check out their Priceless Chicago to find out more information on upcoming events
Michael Harrison Berg
JC Brooks from JC and the Uptown Sound
The Chicago Afrobeat Project
Ben Wright from the Hen House Prowlers
This is an an image of the gallery during the night time portion of the event.
I was in the UK last week working for a new company called the First Bank of Rock. I was photographing a band called Zulu Winter. During my stay I photographed the band on the set of their video shoot and their set at the Secret Garden Party Festival. We arrived on site at noon and the band was set to perform at 2:30. Later that day on the same stage the Alabama Shakes, Little Dragon and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were all set to perform. I had never photographed any of these bands live in concert. I really wanted to stay but my ride was leaving after the set. Even if I did stay I would have no where to keep my equipment and the weather was very rainy. The entire festival was taking place in a mud field. Everyone at the festival were wearing rubber Wellies. Seriously there were 30 thousand people wearing mud boots. I obviously did not get the memo before I arrived on the festival grounds. By the end of Zulu Winters set the stage manager agreed to let me keep my equipment on the stage and the tour manager for Zulu Winter gave me his boots since he was leaving. I was at the festival until 9 am the next morning and then caught a train back to London. What an amazing experience. I hope that you enjoy the images, because I sure did taking them!
The crowd really gets into their costumes
Will Daunt from Zulu Winter
Zulu Winter walking off stage after a great set
Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes
The crowd during the Alabama Shakes set was huge
Brittany Howard from the Alabama Shakes jumped off the stage and sang to the crowd
There were stands with many activities for concert goers
Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon
Yukimi Nagano doing one of her signature moves on stage
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Alex Ebert from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
A young man jumped on stage and as the security tried to rip him off Alex had him stay and dance on stage for 2 songs
The scene at this festival was very vibrant
Time to take a rest from the days activities