Fuji xpro2, 90mm, f/2.8, 1/160s, ISO 6400
It’s quite rare that when I’m taking concert photos a musician will look straight at me. At least it used to be before I got that big 50-140 zoom lens. At that Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig, I harvested several shots where the musicians were clearly looking at me. This one of Greg Davis has a bit of an old Louis Armstrong feel.
Fuji xpro2, 105mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 6400
Kevin Harris is the tenor sax in the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and possibly the jazziest of them all. He always plays in a cap and shades, and when I shot this I couldn’t help but think of Bleeding Gums Murphy, the saxophonist in the early episodes of the Simpsons. Must be the frizzy hair.
Fuji xpro2, 75mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players in large part for the diagonal opportunities they offer. TJ Norris was no exception during this Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig. Forearm muscles ain’t bad either
Fuji xpro2, 150mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
Kirk Joseph is not only a legendary New Orleans musician, he’s also a legend and innovator amongst sousaphone players. His playing was mellow and funky that night, and when I found an opportunity to get close and frame him, he looked at me in this whimsical, inquisitive way.
Fuji xpro2, 140mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
It was hot as hell at the New Morning during the Dirty Dozen Brass Band gig. In fact, one of the band members remarked that it was as hot as New Orleans, except they have air conditioning there. This led drummer Julian Addison to play the second set bare chested, which the ladies probably enjoyed, but pleased me as a photographer as well. It gave these shots a distinct 70s atmosphere.
Fuxi xpro2, 120mm, f/2.8, 1/200s, ISO 6400
Last week I was lucky enough to see the Dirty Dozen Brass Band live in Paris. It’s my 6th time seeing this band, and it never gets old. This is trumpet player and singer Greg Davis, and I particularly like this profile outlined by the blue overhead light.
Fuji x100s, 35mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 5000
Zachary Richard is an Acadian singer/songwriter with roots in blues, folk and zydeco. When he sings in English, he’s just another folk-rock singer to me. When he sings in Acadian French, there’s a poetry and pulse to it that is absolutely unique and wonderful. I particularly recommend his album Lumière dans le Noir if you’re interested in exploring. I saw him live in Paris a few years ago, and I only had my Fuji x100s with me, but this shot stood out.
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2.8, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Lettuce is a hard hitting modern funk band whose bass player, Jesus Coomes is nothing short of a stage imp. Not only does he play wicked bass grooves, but he jumps up and down like a madman and wears the silliest socks. Go check Lettuce if you can, it’s a guaranteed evening of fine music and booty shake.
Pattern and ‘Bone
Fuji xpro2, 52mm, f/2, 1/60s, ISO 6400
I love shooting trombone players at the best of times. Because of the length of the instrument it has a potential for strong diagonals, and from the right angles there’s a lot of different potential shots to be had. But when I saw the pattern on Reut Regev’s dress (playing ‘bone with Hazmat Modine) I knew the potential had just gone up tenfold! This is one of my favourite shots of her that night.
Fuji xpro2, 110mm, f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 3200
Cory Seznec is a wonderful guitarist whose band is full of wonderful talents. But there is something about double bass players that makes for great compositions, I find. I really like the intensity in Thomas Garoche’s expression here. Incidentally, this was my first gig shot with the 50-140 f/2.8 OIS lens, and my first gig ever shot with stabilization. It’s wonderful! I haven’t pushed it to extremes yet (I was still shooting at a speed faster than the focal length) but I will try pushing it in the future.