Jazz Journalists Association Photo of the Year Entries

Malachai favors - Moers Jazz Festival - May 1977

Photograph by Bill Smith

bill smith
deaf cat lane, the shire
hornby island, british columbia
canada v0r 1z0

Cecil McBee performing with the Three Tenors (Lovano, Leibman, and Brecker) at IAJE 2004 NYC

Taken with a Nikon F4 and 180mm lens on Fuji Press 1600

C. Andrew Hovan
Jazz Journalist/Photographer
All About Jazz, Jazz Review, Down Beat, Cleveland Free Times

Bill Evans (with Tito Puente) at the 2003 San Sebastian Jazz Festival.

Dr. Jazz
Dr. Jazz Operations
24270 Eastwood
Oak Park, MI 48237

Enid Farber Fotography
665 9th Avenue, #2E
New York, NY 10036
Stock Rep: Retna (www.Retna.com)

Nnenna Freelon from the 2003 IAJE Conference in Toronto, Canada.

Howard A. Gitelson
South Highwood Photography
1163 South Winthrop Street
Saint Paul, MN 55119-5620


Brian Horton and Patrick Rickman with the Winard Harper Sextet at The New Orleans Creole Restaurant in Seattle, November 8, 2003

photo by Jim Wilke

Title: "Hank Jones, August 11, 2003"

Photo by: John Abbott
Website: www.johnabbottphoto.com
Stock Photos: www.bigshotstock.com

Maria Schneider

Jazz & Blues Performance Photography by John R. Fowler

John R. Fowler is a photographer with a particular interest in jazz and has photographed an extensive list of Canadian and international artists in clubs and at festivals in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Atlanta, New Orleans, Chicago, Syracuse and San Antonio. John photographs almost exclusively in black and white - see: www.jazzphotoguy.com.

John's work reflects a love of the music and a sincere admiration for the artists he portrays. He tries to capture on film the energy, emotion, dedication and skill that these talented artists display while playing jazz. John began a serious study of photography when he moved to Ottawa in 1985. He began attending the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and in 1987 started to take photographs of the performers.

John's work has been exhibited at the National Arts Centre, National Library of Canada, National Press Club and at the Ginn Gallery. John's photographs have been published in CODA, Down Beat and Planet Jazz magazines and used on CD covers, web sites and posters. John is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association.

Peter Cincotti, JVC Newport Jazz Festival, August, 8, 2003

Ken Franckling

Gerry Hemingway

Laurence Svirchev

Jimmy Scott at Yoshi's, Emeryville California

Lee Tanner


Lourdes Delgado


This photograph of Lizz Wright was taken at the 2003 Montreal Jazz Festival. 2003 was a big year for Wright with the release of her Verve debut and many were struck, as I was, with her gospel-shot sincerity and soulfulness. I was lucky enough to capture some beautiful moments of Ms Wright singing at peak intensity but this shot, caught as she stepped away from the microphone, said something else about her inner calm and special poise.

Michael Jackson is a freelance photographer/writer based in Chicago. His photographs have appeared in Downbeat, Jazzwise and the Chicago Reader amongst other publications and have been featured in numerous exhibitions. His most recent solo show of jazz photographs "Alive and K(L)ickin' " was held at Shawn Vinson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia.

This montage of Billy Bang and Frank Lowe is from the Vision Festival on May 21, 2003. I had the pleasure of seeing these artists play twice last May, at the Vision Festival and earlier at the Songha Cafe in Takoma Park, Maryland. They were among the most moving performances I saw last year. Frank Lowe will be sorely missed.

The web site for my Jazz Visions Photo/Graphics is at: www.jazzvisionsphotos.com.

Please check it out. My photos and computer graphics are seen on CDs, jazz magazines, T-shirts, books, videos, newspapers, the internet, etc. I work to capture the character and spirit of the musicians. I am inspired by the great creative spirits that have grown out of the continuum of this wonderfully evolving music.

Michael Wilderman

Les McCann

Mike Dvorak

Three generations of Pizzarellis: Bucky, John Jr. and John III.

Photo by Mitchell Seidel

Henry Grimes @ The Vision Festival 8
The Return of the Master after 35 Years of Hiatus
© Peter Gannushkin
(Downtown Music / downtownmusic.net)

Shot as an outtake during the cover shoot session for Lonnie Plaxico's "Rhythm & Soul" release on Sirocco Music Ltd. The image was used on the back cover, in full color. I dropped out the color in the computer and gave it a sepia tone.

All the best,

R. Andrew Lepley
RAL Photography
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Keter Betts

Ronnie James

Tony Scott at the Iridium, NYC
June, 2003

Photographer/clarinetist Rozanne Levine is co-director of Acoustics - a CD, concert and exhibit production company; performs with Chakra Tuning, RoMarkable and The New Reed Quartet; is on the freelance staff of AllAboutJazz-New York; and has had her photographs published internationally on CDs and posters and in magazines, newspapers and books. Visit her web site to see all new photographs posted in her gallery.

Rozanne Levine
Web site: www.ejn.it/gallery/levine.htm
c/o Acoustics
525 Main Street, Fl. 2
Landing, New Jersey 07850-1017

Gary Peacock at the Iriduim on Tuesday evening November 25, 2003.

Gary was playing with Bill Frisell, Matt Wilson and Lee Kontiz. It was a 76th Birthday celebration for Lee and Elvis Costello was supposed to sit in and present Lee with a birthday cake. The New York Times reported that "Mr. Costello left abruptly during the sound check, apparently after a disagreement with the quartet's bassist, Gary Peacock. Mr. Costello's appearance had been arranged by Iridium, which had advertised it widely. Mr. Peacock did not want to play backup for the song; he had said so last week and reiterated that on Tuesday, said Steve Cloud, his manager. When that became clear to Mr. Costello, he left in a huff."

The event is listed as one of the Lows of year 2003 by JazzTimes. Although there were many angry Elvis fans present who had never heard of Lee Konitz, the music made that evening was wonderful and Gary Peacock seemed to be in another world, playing wonderfully.

Steve Sussman

Taken last summer at the Newport Casino by Sue Auclair © 2003

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Boston, MA 02130
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Here is a photo I shot last year of George Benson.

Tom Mallison

Sam Rivers

Photo by Victor Ovchinnikov


- Whit (at jazzhouse.org)