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Luke Bryan Wins Again

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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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Washington Wine Maker Tim Narby – Grape Harvest at Arianses Vineyard and Dineen Vineyard

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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

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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.

Brain Blade and The Fellowship Band on the Cover of Downbeat

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My second Downbeat cover of the year was of Brian Blade and his Fellowship band. They played and Earshot jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum and I had them in the studio for a portrait session the day before. They were wonderful to photograph and I loved hearing their music.
Brian is an exceptional musician Here are a couple of pictures from the concert.
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Phillip Glass In Solo Performance

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The 2013 Earshot Jazz Festival presented Phillip Glass in a rare solo piano concert at the KIRKLAND PERFORMANCE CENTER an I was assigned to photograph him.
A cultural and artistic giant, Glass is an iconoclast of contemporary composition. He returned to Seattle for a rare solo piano performance. Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times. His operas play throughout the world’s leading houses; he has written music for experimental theater and for Academy Award-winning motion pictures, such as The Hours and Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; while Koyaanisqatsi, his initial filmic landscape with Godfrey Reggio and the Philip Glass Ensemble, may be the most radical and influential mating of sound and vision since Fantasia.

Here is a link to the Earshot Jazz Festival website  schedule for the rest of the Festival which continues through Nov 17th.

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2013 Earshot Jazz Festival Launches

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.

 

 

Architectural Photography – Expo Apartments

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EXPO, a new apartment building was completed right next to Seattle Center on lower Queen Anne recently. I was commissioned to make some photographs for Robin Chell who was the interior designer for the project. Here is a brief selection of some of the images. I love the view above of the Space Needle and the Seattle skyline from the roof deck.

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Big Ass Fans at The Bullitt Center

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The Bullitt Center is the greenest commercial building in the world, planting Seattle in the forefront of the green building movement. The Bullitt Center is a commercial office building at the edge of the Central District, Seattle. It was officially opened on Earth Day, April 22, 2013, and was designed to be the greenest commercial building in the world when completed. It was built by the Bullitt Foundation, a non-profit group based in Seattle that focuses on environmental issues. The foundation is a tenant, occupying half of one floor in the six story building, with additional commercial tenants occupying the rest of the building.

One of the features of the building is the ceiling fans. they were provided by a Kentucky based corporation that goes by the name Big Ass Fans. Here is how they look in the interiors of the Bullitt Center.

 

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Michael Moss at Town Hall

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" speaks at Seattle's Town Hall.

 

Author Michael Moss spoke at Town Hall in Seattle recently and signed copies of his book Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us” afterwards. A very interesting evening listening to Moss speak about how the processed food industry has been so successful at increasing its control over US “stomach share”.  Michael Moss is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist who has been writing about the US food system for the past few years for the NY Times.  

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" speaks at Seattle's Town Hall.

Michael Moss, author of "Salt, Sugar, Fat" signs books at Seattle's Town Hall.

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