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.
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!
Sax in the Shadows
Canon 7D, 80mm, f/5.6, 1/60s, ISO 1600
The lighting at that Madd Vibes Brass Band concert at La Batterie in Guyancourt was pretty amazing, and although Arnaud’s face is in the shadows on this shot, I still like it a lot.
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.
Monophonics is one of the best soulf/funk bands I’ve discovered in these last few years. This shot is a fond memory of the first time I saw them live on New Orleans’ Frenchmen Street. This is Alex Baky, their sax player.