Kaleidoscope of Jazz

For 10 days during November 2016 I documented the creative forces performing in the annual EFG London Jazz Festival. I've been the official photographer since 2008 and am immensely proud to have shot my 9th year, as the sheer diversity of musical talent deployed in the vast array of London's live venues is quite breathtaking. 

I have a gallery jammed full of photographic highlights from the festival and I've just added a few of favourites from 2016's events. So please take a look over here and look out for new additions showing Nérija, Robert Glasper Experiment, Jason Moran, Francesco Tristano, Elsa Soares, Kansas Smitty's House Band and Swarthy Korwar.

If you are music fan, there's an artist for everyone in the gallery too: Christian Scott, Oren Marshall, Sheila Jordan, Noah Jackson, Melody Gardot, Esperanza Spalding, Roman Valle, Paolo Angeli, Jay Phelps, Nik Bärtsch, Seaming To, Matthew Bourne, Lucinda Belle, Imelda May, Gregory Porter, Juliette Gréco, Peter Ind, Creole Choir of Cuba, Miles Mosley, Chassol, Keith Tippet, De Jongens Driest, Shingai Shoniwa, Neil Cowley Trio, Splice, Snarky Puppy, Ayanna Witter-Johnson, Yvette Riby-Williams...a true kaleidoscope of jazz!

And don't forget my formal portraits of 3 true titans of jazz - my personal triology featuring Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins, all found in my Portraits gallery. Enjoy.

Swarthy Korwar

The vignette above is of Swarthy Korwar bathing in live, hand-painted projection light, whilst soaking up XOYO's vibe. The extraordinary projections accompanying Swarthy's sublime instrumentals were created by illustrator Somang Lee, whose skill you can witness below. A mesmerising combination to document. 

 Somang Lee

You can read more about my thoughts on photographing jazz in the following Journal entires: Think 'Jazz' >> Think Again... & EFG London Jazz Festival 2013 In Colour! 

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