507

Jazz Katz: Jazz in NY

Joel Roberts By

Sign in to view read count
Jazz Katz: Jazz in NY
Jimmy Katz
Hardcover; 188 pages
ISBN: 978-3-9810250-4-0
JazzPrezzo
2007

Over the past two decades, Jimmy Katz has established himself as probably the preeminent jazz photographer of his generation, capturing the recent New York jazz scene with the same artistry, passion and deep knowledge of the music as past masters like Francis Woolf, William Claxton and Herman Leonard.

Jazz Katz is a feast for the eyes, a beautifully printed volume that brings together 175 of Katz's black and white photographs of most of the major artists of the period - icons like Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter and Dave Brubeck, as well as important contemporary figures like Joe Lovano, Wynton Marsalis, John Zorn and Brad Mehldau. Along with dozens of riveting live performance shots, what's especially moving here are the pictures that reveal intimate moments offstage, in the recording studio and especially at the artists' homes—Jimmy Heath at his Queens home surrounded by family photos; Roy Haynes at his Long Island home surrounded by Charlie Parker memorabilia; Ornette Coleman in Harlem surrounded by abstract art; bassist Ben Allison at home with his young daughter; Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell and David S. Ware with their dogs.

While jazz musicians can be an aloof and serious bunch, in images like Wynton Marsalis smiling with his eyes closed as he digs a Wess Anderson solo at Iridium, or tenor sax titans Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman and Michael Brecker sharing a private laugh on a downtown street, Katz conveys the overwhelming joy that's at the heart of their art and the delight they take in one another's company.


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975 Book Reviews Soul Jazz: Jazz In The Black Community, 1945-1975
by James Nadal
Published: July 7, 2017
Read Go Slow: The Life of Julie London Book Reviews Go Slow: The Life of Julie London
by Richard J Salvucci
Published: June 30, 2017
Read The Art of Conduction Book Reviews The Art of Conduction
by Riccardo Brazzale
Published: June 30, 2017
Read The Free Musics by Jack Wright Book Reviews The Free Musics by Jack Wright
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: May 10, 2017
Read "Beyond Words by John Prine" Book Reviews Beyond Words by John Prine
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "The Free Musics by Jack Wright" Book Reviews The Free Musics by Jack Wright
by Daniel Barbiero
Published: May 10, 2017
Read "Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge" Book Reviews Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: January 21, 2017
Read "Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie" Book Reviews Paul Morley: The Age of Bowie
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 25, 2016

Support All About Jazz: MAKE A PURCHASE  

Support our sponsor

Upgrade Today!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.

Donate!