Luke Bryan Wins Again

April 20th, 2015

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Congratulations to Luke Bryan who was voted entertainer of the year at The Academy of Country Music Awards last night, his second entertainer of the year award. The singer says he’s not jaded about winning. “I don’t think it’s a time for me to be smooth. I don’t think it’s a time for me to be suave. I think it’s a time for me to jump up and down and celebrate. These are the days,” Bryan said backstage. “When I’m an old guy rocking in a rock chair, I’m going to go, ‘You had a doggone good time.’ And that’s my approach.”

Bryan first won the honor in 2013. He won the entertainer of the year award at the Country Music Association Awards in November. Bryan was a double winner Sunday night: He also picked up the ACM for vocal event of the year for “This How We Roll” with Florida Georgia Line. The country star performed and hosted the show, for a third year, with Blake Shelton.

In 2011, I took some pictures of  Luke Bryan for a photo essay for Yahoo. He was passing through Seattle on tour after a gig at the Gorge and stopped off to go fly fishing on Puget Sound at Seahurst Park in Burien. Here a couple of the pictures from that day.

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Polar Bear Plunge

January 2nd, 2015

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At this time of year when the weather is around freezing, some people feel the desire to plunge into freezing waters. Jana is one of those folks who get this notion so I drove her down to Golden Gardens and documented her plunge into the frigid water of Puget Sound. Afterwards she said that “the best part is that the stupid water doesn’t even feel that cold compared to the air. and how you feel afterwards”.

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I had a mission recently to accompany Tim Narby of Note Bene Winery  to drop bins at Ciel du Cheval and return with harvested grapes from Arianses Vineyard and Dineen Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot from Arianses; Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from Dineen).  It was a great trip and wonderful to see where the grapes that go into his wonderful wine come from. It is some beautiful country over there in Eastern Washington State.

 

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Carmen and Dave Portrait

October 8th, 2014

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Not long ago I had the pleasure of photographing a couple, Carmen D’Arcangelo  and Dave Page and we made so wonderful portraits at Carkeek Park.This popular park offers extraordinary views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and has 220 acres of lush forest, meadows, wetlands, creeks, and beach.

Dave Holland Quartet PRISM

August 26th, 2014

Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

I photographed Dave Holland and his Quartet for a cover story in the February issue of Downbeat Magazine. Here are some of the pictures they ran. Dave Holland (bass), Kevin Eubanks (guitar), Craig Taborn (piano/keys) and Eric Harland (drums) –  played at Jazz Alley presenting songs from their CD Prism.

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Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

 

Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

 

Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

 

Dave Holland and his quartet Prism

Jazz photographer captures pictures of John Hollenbeck Cluadia Quintet at Earshot Jazz FestivalThe 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival continues and last night I photographed the wonderful John Hollenbeck Claudia Quintet. Composer and leader Hollenbeck launched Claudia as a band in the late 90s, with a sound determined by the compositions, instrumentation and these performers, whose exceptional artistry and character is revealed in Hollenbeck’s original compositions.
Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Jazz photographer captures pictures of John Hollenbeck Cluadia Quintet at Earshot Jazz Festival

Jazz photographer captures pictures of John Hollenbeck Cluadia Quintet at Earshot Jazz Festival

Jazz photographer captures pictures of John Hollenbeck Cluadia Quintet at Earshot Jazz Festival

Jazz photographer captures pictures of John Hollenbeck Cluadia Quintet at Earshot Jazz Festival

 

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival launched on Tuesday Oct 1 with two shows. At BENAROYA HALL, 2,000+ fans watched Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette. At TULA’S in Belltown was Industrial Revelation with D’Vonne Lewis, widely regarded as the best drummer in Seattle,  bassist Evan Flory-Barnes, Rhodes pianist Josh Rawlings and trumpeter Aham Oluo. They put on a through epic, improvised jam. They were both formidable performances. Here are pictures from Industrial Revelation since Keith Jarrett is camera shy.

The Earshot Jazz Festival is in its 25th year and started October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city. The Earshot Jazz organization is Seattle’s major ambassador of jazz music – presenting jazz masters and important new artists, supporting the local scene, and educating young and old about the joys of jazz. October 1 and continues through November 17, 2013, with more than 60 distinctive concert events in venues all around the city.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

 

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

Jazz photography from the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.

 

Known for “adventurous, spot-on programming” (JazzTimes) and praised as “one of the best festivals in America” (Seattle Times), the Earshot Jazz Festival brings jazz greats from around the world into creative collaboration with area musicians and audiences. Earshot also celebrates Seattle’s place in the world of jazz, with concerts by our award-winning high-school jazz programs and our own renowned resident artists.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

 

 

Jazz photography of Evan Flory-Barnes

 

Opening for Kendrick Scott at the Bellevue Jazz Festival at the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center last month was bassist and composer Evan Flory-Barnes  with a wonderful group of artists and played some beautiful  new compositions.  Evan Flory-Barnes played on Bass, Dawn Clement on Piano, Craig Flory on Winds, Art Brown on Winds, Ahamefule J. Oluo on Trumpet, Josiah Boothby on French Horn, Nathan Vetter on Trombone, Jon Hansen on Tuba, Jeremy Jones on Drums

 

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Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS
Last month. Lacrosse Magazine, assigned me to make some photographs for an upcoming profile of a local student athlete. It was an inspiring story of high school lacrosse attackman Cooper Woolston, who plays with a prosthetic leg for Seattle’s Division II Nathan Hale High School

Cooper is a junior at University Prep and has been playing at the highest level for years despite having to play with a prosthetic leg. He was wonderful to photograph and has committed to play NCAA Div. III lacrosse at Swarthmore College. I wish him the best of luck in his college career on the field and in the classroom.
Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS

Portrait of high school lacrosse player Cooper Woolston at Nathan Hale HS