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 X-Pro2, 85mm, f/2, 1/200s, ISO 6400
I’ve said it in the past: in my now sizable experience shooting jazz concerts, framing pianists is the hardest job. Getting meaningful shots from the front is virtually impossible, and getting a facial expression and at least part of the instrument from the back is no trivial affair. I think I tick most of the boxes here with David Torkanowski although to be fair it’s far from my best concert shot.
Canon EOS 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 800
The fabulous French big band Bigre! has a song on their repertoire called Be Good Bluesy Johnny which is at heart an interplay between barytone sax and blues guitar. There’s a break in the middle of the song when the band suddenly goes 12-bars-ish and the guitar starts wailing. It’s orgasmic. The first time I heard this time was when I went to see Bigre! live for their latest album release party. This is the precise moment when Nicolas Mondon launched into his solo.
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.6, 1/80s, ISO 1250
Shooting bassist James Singleton on that Stanton Moore Trio gig was quite tricky: he had a music stand just in front of the bass. Thankfully after a while I managed to move a bit and the 24MP capability of the X-Pro2 allowed me to do severe cropping. The hair and the hand make the photo, I think (I hope ?)
Fuji X-Pro2, 85mm, f/1.4, 1/100s, ISO 2000
Last summer I had the incredible luck of arriving in Paris just the day that the Stanton Moore Trio had been playing the Duc des Lombards. I was there, first row, with Stanton not 3 meters away from me. It wasn’t an easy set-up for photos, but the music was fantastic, and I did get a few interesting shots anyway.
Canon EOS 7D, 130mm, f/2.2, 1/500s, ISO 800
In all my history of shooting concerts, I don’t think I’ve ever selected a shot of the artist turning his back to audience as a keeper. And yet there’s something about this shot of Trombone Shorty that I find compelling. Go figure.