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The Earshot Jazz Festival 2015 kicked things off on Friday with Thomas Marriott with McTuff at Tula’s. I am looking forward to the next six weeks of Festival coverage.

Tough, sinewy funk-rock-soul-jazz: Hammond organist Joe Doria, guitarist Dan Heck, and drummer Byron Vannoy joined trumpeter Thomas Marriott for two nights of downhome Seattle jazz.

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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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Eric Vloeimans

October 16th, 2014

Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival

The 2014 Earshot Jazz Festival got underway last Friday and I have been covering it for them. Last night was one of the highlights so far as the Dutch trumpeter Eric Vloeimans performed with his trio Oliver’s Cinema to the Chapel Performance Space.
Jazz trio instruments that come to mind typically aren’t trumpet, accordion and cello. Nor was it necessarily so for Dutch trumpet sensation Eric Vloeimans (pronounced “Flooeymans”), who concocted the present ensemble by combining an instrument he loved (cello) with one he formerly hated (accordion) and added himself. The initial gig proved electrifying for audience and performers alike and, thus, Oliver’s Cinema (the name is an anagram of the trumpeter’s name) was born. Rounding out the trio are accordionist Tuur Florizoone from Belgium and cellist Jörg Brinkmann from Germany.

Regarded as one of Europe’s best performers, Vloeimans has been active in a wide variety of ensembles. He has toured the U.S. twice with his acoustic chamber jazz group, Fugimundi Trio, whose repertoire ranges from contemporary jazz, hymns, and world music to standards. He also leads Eric Vloeimans’ Gatecrash, which has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top cross-over bands. Vloeimans has played with an array of international artists, among them Mercer Ellington, Peter Erskine, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Wayne Horvitz and Joey Baron.

Jörg Brinkmann studied at the college of Arnheim, Netherlands, and is renowned for his ability to play with jazz and pop bands. Tuur Florizoone is one of the most beloved musicians from Flanders, and has performed with a wide range of contemporary artists, including Carlos Nunez, Manu Chao, Zahava Seewald, and more.

The group’s 2013 CD takes the cinema theme seriously, and includes music written for film, including themes like Rosemary’s Baby and Cinema Paradiso, music with a cinematic quality, Ennio Morricone-like soundtracks and new, original and evocative compositions for imaginary films.

 

Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival

 

Seattle photographer shoot jazz festival

Carmen and Dave Portrait

October 8th, 2014

Seattle Portrait Photographer made a Portrait of  Carmen and Dave

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.

Brad Mehldau and Mark Guiliana

October 18th, 2013

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The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival continues this week with a great performance Weds night at the Triple Door. Brad Mehldau, one of the greatest of modern jazz pianists, debuted his piano-less duo, extending his range to Fender Rhodes and a battery of synthesizers, with Mark Guiliana, one of the most exciting young drummers on the scene. The result was a trance-laden, free and majestic live performance in which Mehldau displayed a pension for calmly improvising in a way no other modern pianist can.
Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival.

Seattle photographer shoots jazz photography of Brad Mehldau in concert

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

 

Hedge Car

March 28th, 2013

Seen on A Seattle street a bush clipped into the shape of a car.While walking my daughter and dogs to  school this morning I noticed that this bush looked just like a car on the front lawn of this house in Ballard. Or maybe it is a car overgrown by a hedge. I wonder what kind of car it was? Anyone know or recognize it?

 


As a working freelance photojournalist supporting a family, I shoot a variety of photo assignments. Magazine and newspapers call with assignments as well as local corporations and non-profits. Four years ago I photographed the wedding of Kelly and Shaun. Shaun is an officer in the US Army with the 3rd Stryker Brigade out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In the last 36 months Shaun served his 3rd and 4th deployment in Afghanistan and was scheduled to return home last Thursday night around midnight. Kelly called me and asked if I would go to Seatac Airport to photograph him coming home for hopefully the last time. It was an request I could not refuse. We got through security with some delay and Kelly started running barefoot through the terminal to the gate Shaun’s plane was arriving at. After a brief delay he came through the door and as I began to photograph them their emotions started to overwhelm me. Tears were in my eyes as I followed them through the hallways to the baggage carousel. As they waited for his pack, a young man approached Shaun and thanked him for his service to our country. I walked with them to their car and made a few final images of them before I said goodnight.




 

 

Reverend Bernice King at SPU

November 9th, 2012


Reverend Bernice King earlier this year visited the campus of Seattle Pacific University and I was assigned to photograph her for their Alumni Magazine. King is the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. As one of today’s leading speakers, King is author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers. She was on campus to speak and meet with students and faculty. She was a inspirational speaker and was gracious in meting and speaking with the students after her lecture and gave me time to step outside for a portrait.