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.
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 ?)
Paul’s Big Sound
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1250
Paul Robertson is big in every sense of the word: big frame, big sound, big groove. He combines a really powerful vibration with very fluid lines when he plays, a fantastic contribution to the Soul Rebels sound. This isn’t a fantastic shot, but it captures him in action, which I guess is good enough on some level.
Julian in Shades
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2, 1/100s, ISO 1250
The New Morning in Paris is a tricky club to shoot in. The light is harsh and there’s always something in the background. With the Soul Rebels it’s made even harder by the fact that most of them have one or two microphone stands in front of them. So I was quite pleased with this shot of Julian Gosin in his shades.
Corey on the Bone
Canon 7D, 145mm, f/2.8, 1/80s, ISO 1600
The Soul Rebels Brass Band hails from New Orleans and is undoubtedly one of the most raucous acts I have ever seen. Last Saturday I went to their gig at the New Morning in Paris, and despite this being the third time I see them, it was the most fun I’d had of all three gigs. As usual with the New Morning, photo conditions were rough, but I hope to have enough good shots of them to last the week.
Roger Lewis Shines
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/4, 1/25s, ISO 1600
Concert photography is my first photographic love even though I have previous little opportunity to practice it here in Shanghai. So I revisit old series. This is from a 2013 concert of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Roger Lewis is the baritone player in that stellar band, and he’s the kind of player that will make your insides churn when he blows. And I like that! Check out my favourite album, Buck Jump or their latest, Twenty Dozen.
Kevin as a Young Man
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
One of the things I love about shooting the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is the often improbable way that they dress. That night at La Batterie in Guyancourt, it was cold and they all seemed to be suffering from it as several in the band were wearing winter hats like the one Kevin is wearing here. The lighting that evening was gorgeous, and the shots are all drenched in great colors (that match the shirt so well
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/2, 1/125s, ISO 1600
One of the hardest things when shooting concerts is to catch the interaction between musicians. These are fleeting moments, and it’s often hard to have the right framing and the right focus at the right time. All the more exciting when it works!
Roger’s Big Horn
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/4, 1/100s, ISO 1600
Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is one of my favourite musicians, but over the years I’ve always struggled to shoot him properly. His cap always seems to get in the way, causing a deep shadow on his face. Fortunately at the DDBB concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt in October he often stood back from his microphone stand, where the shadows were deeper but also more even, which allowed me to capture this picture and a number of others. I played with a B&W version, but the colors are so gorgeous here I thought it looked better that way.
Canon 7D, 135mm, f/2.8, 1/100s, ISO 1600
I’ve seen the Dirty Dozen Brass Band five times now, but only twice with original sousaphone player Kirk Joseph, and last week was one of those two. Kirk Joseph is an imposing gentleman, and a very modern player (he has a rack of pedals in front of him when he plays that would make many a guitar player drool). I was quite pleased with this shot of him in the middle of a solo.