I got to meet baby Nolan yesterday when I was photographing the family pictures for Ali and Nick. What a guy he is.
The Charles Lloyd New Quartet with Jason Moran, Reuben Rogers, & Eric Harland playing at Town Hall.
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It was a beautiful new group Charles Lloyd brought to town earlier this month. I have been meaning to post some photos form this performance and here they are. If you missed the show it was a wonderful performance. Charles is one of my all time favorite musicians. And so is Jason Moran. I was happy to get the chance to hear Eric Harland and Reuben Rogers play as well.
These cats were very intense and yet the music was very spiritual.
“Since the 1960s, tenor saxophonist and flautist Charles Lloyd’s life has alternated between periods of musical and personal exploration. After spending a decade or so working as a sideman in different blues and jazz groups, Lloyd hit a goldmine of critical acclaim and popular support in with his quartet’s groundbreaking performance at the 1966 Monterey Jazz Festival (no small feat in a period when jazz’s audiences were largely moving in new directions). This particular group was notable not just for Lloyd’s debut as a fresh and exciting leader, but also because two of its members, Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette, were themselves only a few years away from exploding as widely innovative and influential jazz musicians….
Lloyd’s New Quartet is fortified with relatively young but well-established jazz musicians who are fully capable of sharing Lloyd’s pursuits. A leader in his own right, Jason Moran (piano) brings the group a unique, mature second lead voice. He’s one of those pianists who sometimes convince you that you’re listening to 80 years of jazz piano history rolled into one set of fingers. His heavy left hand will dabble in vintage 1920s stride playing right before flowing through a sequence that breaks into advanced Andrew Hill territory, while his frank, direct solos often develop in unpredictable turns that take full advantage his repertoire’s diverse influences.
On stage, when Lloyd himself isn’t soloing, he doesn’t just stand there; he frequently can’t resist dancing to the pulsing, breathing rhythms provided by his fellow musicians. Reuben Rogers (bass) and Eric Harland (drums/percussion) form a reliable, gregarious backbone that’s perfect for bringing the exotic structures in Lloyd’s compositions to life. Whether the tune is funky, swinging, Latin, or has no definable rhythm at all, the team decorates it with outbursts that always feel natural and appropriate….” – Nathan Bluford from the Earshot Jazz program guide. Jazz Photography by editorial photographer and photojournalist Daniel Sheehan who covers jazz performances, and creates portrait photography for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle Wedding Photographer at A Beautiful Day Photography, a wedding photographer with an artistic photojournalist style.
Cyro Baptista Friday, November 7, Triple Door
Cyro was in great form tonight performing with his group Banquet of the Spirit at the Triple Door to a ful house. Wonderful spirits they were emanating from the sounds from the band.
Baptista’s mastery of the percussion of his native Brazil has propelled him to international renown. He has been a US resident for almost 30 years, but seems to spend much of his time drumming his way around the world with a host of leaders and outfits – from Yo-Yo Ma’s Brazil Project, to Trey Anastasio’s Band, to John Zorn’s Electric Masada, to Herbie Hancock’s Grammy award winning Gershwin’s World, to Sting, to Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints.
But that’s just a taste of the career of this surpassing percussionist. He has been much praised and often honored with critics and readers awards in many varieties of music. In his own projects, including the percussion and dance ensemble, Beat the Donkey, Baptista exalts in percussion styles and instruments from around the world in performances that are thrilling, surprising, and dazzling.
That will be the case, here, too, as he presents his new quartet, featuring keyboardist Brian Marsella, bassist and oud player Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, and drummer Tim Keiper.
Click here for the complete schedule for the rest of the upcoming shows at the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival
Photograph by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan.
I have been editing the wedding photographs I took at Olivia and Adam Bergsneider at Freeland Hall on Whidbey Island on August 23rd and I came across this photograph. It is a quiet moment of a bride, her Dad and her bridesmaids. I like this picture of Olivia’s Dad as he waits for the moment to go out and walk down the aisle with his daughter and give her away to Adam to start the wedding ceremony.
Ema and Claire enjoying the sunset cruise on Michael Craft’s boat “Seneca” We do get some beautiful evenings every now and then here in Seattle.
Claire takes the helm.
Michael Craft had us out last night for a sunset cruise on Lake Union last night on his “rebuilt like new”1958 Chris Craft “SENECA” What a beautiful evening, the skies full of interesting cloud formations, the sun going down over Queen Ann.
Editorial Photography by Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan who specializes in people, portraits, places. Seattle editorial photographers Daniel Sheehan shoots assignments in a photojournalistic style that is real, straightforward, subtle and unobtrusive.
Portrait of noted Seattle Interior Designer Robin Chell. A wonderful person to work with.
Recent assignment at the Metropolitan Grill called for me to photograph one of their famous Blue Martinis. Shot on location. It tasted good after the picture was done.
Editorial Photography by a Seattle photographer Daniel Sheehan who specializes in people, portraits, places and food. SEATTLE EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Sheehan shoots assignments in a photojournalistic style that is real, straightforward, subtle and unobtrusive.
Saturday night was the annual PhotoVision award /auction fundraiser event for the Photographic Center Northwest. Alec Soth was the recipient. The event was a lot of fun and it raised a lot of much needed funds for one of the only photography schools left in the US with a black and white lab, a color processing lab and a digital lab.
Alec gave an interesting talk on Sunday at the Seattle Art Museum. He talked about his development as a fine art photographer from his early days up to the present and showed a lot of samples of his work.
He answered questions at the end and discussed how he goes about making the kind of portraits, sometimes very intimate portraits. He has a unique ability of getting people to open up their lives to his camera and share their most intimate thoughts and feeling. His book Niagra was the prime example of this kind of wwork. He mentioned that not all of his Magnum collegues were as admiring of this work.
I was lucky enough to have lunch with him afterwards and then drive him to his next meeting. I mentioned meeting Eisie and taking his picture and thought I would post it here. He was celebrating his 90th birthday at the time and was still coming into work everyday at Life Magazine.
(Above) Eric Allen plays the drums with the Wallace Roney Quintet at The Triple Door October 27th 2005, in Seattle at a show during the Earshot Jazz Festival 2005.
This is an image I posted to my new blog devoted to the jazz photographs I make for Earshot Jazz. It can run just one picture per post but it is a big picture. It is called EyeShotJazz . Check it out to see my latest jazz photos. I was inspired to start it because the Earshot Jazz Festival is going to be getting under way art the end of October. I intend to post photographs of jazz musicians taken at various venues around Seattle on it, especially during the upcoming 20th anniversary edition of the Earshot Jazz Festival.
Seattle’s 20th annual Earshot Jazz Festival presents more than 50 one-of-a-kind events in concert halls, clubs, and community centers all around the city beginning October 18th and continuing through November 9th.
Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (Jazz Times) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times) the Earshot Jazz Festival brings important artists from around the world into creative collaboration with area audiences and Seattle’s finest jazz musicians. It celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz — from our award-winning high-school jazz programs to our renowned resident jazz masters — in a world-class festival setting that features many of today’s most important artists.
Some of the highlights planned for this 20th Earshot
NEA Jazz Master James Moody with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in a 4-day residency that includes oral history interviews, educational programs, and two concerts
Pioneering avant-garde pianist and NEA Jazz Master Cecil Taylor in a solo concert at Seattle’s Town Hall
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and hisquartet at the Triple Door
Pianist Marilyn Crispell in concert at the Chapel Performance Space
Vocalist Simone, daughter of Nina Simone, in concert in Bothell
A collaboration with the Langston Hughes Cultural center that includes concerts by violinist Billy Bang and Seattle jazz legends Julian Priester and Hadley Caliman.
A pre-election concert at Town Hall by bassist Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra featuring pianist/arranger Carla Bley.
A 20-year retrospective of internationally-known Seattle resident Wayne Horvitz featuring his groups, The President, New York Composer’s Orchestra West, Pigpen, and Zony Mashwith Horns
Seattle’s award-winning Garfield and Roosevelt High School jazz bands in main stage concerts with guests such as Wycliffe Gordon.
Eastern European prodigy Eldar with veteran singer Nancy King
Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii with Rova’s Larry Ochs
Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra accompaniment to three Laurel and Hardy films
And many, many more.