Jazz by Herman Leonard   Leave a comment

I’m on my third library go-round with a coffee table book called Jazz, four-plus pounds and three hundred pages of some of the best black and white photography I’ve ever seen.  If you like jazz from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, and large-format black and whites, then this book will thrill you like it does me.

The photos were taken over four or five decades by Allentown native Herman Leonard.  Leonard (who died in 2010) was a serious devotee of jazz music, following music legends around the world with his cameras, and counting many of them as life long friends.  Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan and scores more were captured both on and behind the stage by Leonard.

Intimate is an often overused word to describe photographic works.  It should be saved instead to describe books like Jazz.  Find a copy at your library — unless you live in Lancaster, where it is probably already signed out.  At least until I finally buy my own copy.




Posted April 3, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Uncategorized

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