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The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography [Hardcover]

Lee Tanner

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Nov. 1 2006
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. 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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No mean jazz photographer himself--see his Images of Jazz (1996)--Tanner generously shares space with his peers in this album for which he wrote the historical preface, explaining why jazz photography is an after-1930 development, and selected the pictures. If there are more Tanner photos here than anyone else's, they don't upstage anyone else's, either. This black-and-white gallery is as distinguished for its egalitarianism as a jam session. It is understood, however, that it, like a jam session of real pros, represents an egalitarianism of the elite. The participating lensers include many of the most famous in documentary and commercial photography--the likes of Gjon Mili, William Claxton, Dennis Stock, Frank Wolff, Herman Leonard, Carole Reiff, Val Wilmer, and Jim Marshall--and, of course, the most famous photographer among jazz musicians, bassist Milt Hinton. To a person, they obtained the kind of images that Alfred Wertheimer in Elvis at 21 (2006) calls some of the best possible: pictures of people doing something more important to them than having their picture taken. Ray Olson
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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.

Nat Hentoff is a jazz critic, historian, biographer, and columnist for the Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, and Jazz Times. In 2004 he was named one of six NEA Jazz Masters, the first non-musician to win this prestigious award. He lives in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview Nov. 18 2006
By mistermaxxx08 - Published on Amazon.com
this is the kind of Book that truly showcases some of the Greatest Jazz Artists Ever. Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Miles Davis,Louis Armstrong, amongest others. it is great to see so many Important musical figures in the Moment where Creativity is coming about. this is a Must have collection.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly great images June 7 2007
By C. Elkins - Published on Amazon.com
If you grew up listening to jazz from the 30's through the 60's you'll really enjoy the pictures in this book. They evoke a feeling and, in most cases, present the players as "bigger than life"...just as they were to us then and now.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars candid photos depicting the greatest stars in jazz! Feb. 2 2007
By Jazz Fann - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful "coffee table" book, loaded with excellent candid photos of the greatest jazz stars -- definitely a keeper!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Image:Masters of Jazz Photography Jan. 18 2010
By Guadalupe Morales - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved the imagery contained in the book. A beautiful book that can transform you back to this really great era of music. A wonderful table book. If you love Jazz and its history, you will love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historic and Amazing Feb. 2 2014
By Donald Waits - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book for someone who is serious about music. The images are beautifully presented and nicely spaced. I want to give this book to any of my other musician friends.

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