Much fun was had recently photographing 2011's prestigious Take Five Initiative.
Aimed at British and UK based composer/performers, Serious developed the scheme in 2004/05 and designed it to give the most talented emerging creative jazz musicians the opportunity to take ‘time out’ to develop their craft, build their careers and get their music out into the world. Initially in partnership with the Jerwood Charitable Foundation and PRS for Music Foundation the initiative is currently in its seventh edition, and has involved 56 musicians from around the UK. Since Edition V, additional funding has been received from Arts Council England and the Musicians Benevolent Fund.
A glittering array of previous participants include Soweto Kinch, Matthew Bourne, Jules Buckley, Seb Roachford, Natalie Williams, Gwilym Simcock, Nikki Yeoh, Tom Cawley, Chris Sharkey, Shabaka Hutchings, Fraser Fifield, Jasper Høiby and Kit Downes - a mighty strong slice of the UK's burgeoning jazz scene! After shooting the official portraits of 2010's Take Five Edition VI winners, I was invited back to capture the initiative's latest roll-call of extremely talented individuals. For someone who's passionate about music but doesn't even know how to pick an instrument, working with these people is an absolute pleasure.
3 of the 8 artists are featured here; above is the sharply dressed Adam Waldmann, in the middle is Christophe De Bezenac and below is Trish Clowes. For a few of last year's images, please take a peek through my 'Portraits' portfolio over on my main site.