Maestro Marcus Miller.RFH

Check out @wiliamellisfoto’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wiliamellisfoto/status/537330392471453696?s=09

Check out @wiliamellisfoto’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wiliamellisfoto/status/537341003993456640?s=09

One LP – A journey into someone’s soul

Check out @wiliamellisfoto’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wiliamellisfoto/status/530007255228633088?s=09

http://onelp.com

London Jazz News

Check out @wiliamellisfoto’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/wiliamellisfoto/status/530703707760234498?s=09

One LP – Graham Nash

GRAHAM NASH©WELLISw2

Graham Nash shares his One LP – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles. He was recording with The Hollies at Abbey Road at the same time the Fab Four were making the album that is truly timeless.

Full interview

Stan Tracey CBE – National Portrait Gallery, London

Stan Tracey; The Guildhall, Bath, 2003I

Stan Tracey; The Guildhall, Bath, 2003

I’m very proud that this portrait of Stan Tracey ‘Godfather of British Jazz’ has been acquired for the collection of The National Portrait Gallery in London.

It features ( along with Johnny Marr, Miles Davis and Teo Stevenson) in an interview I did with the New Statesman ‘The Art of Portraiture’ written by Rob Pollard.

It’s also on the London Jazzblog along with some more images.

This is an earlier piece on the blog with Stan Tracey.

SOWETO KINCH – JAZZ FM PHOTO OF THE MONTH

Soweto Kinch: Hockley, Birmingham, 6th August 2011

Soweto Kinch: Hockley, Birmingham, 6th August 2011

‘No saxophones were harmed in the making of this picture!

The Photo of the Month for March features one of the new stars of British jazz, saxophonist, rapper, producer and composer Soweto Kinch. Born in London but brought up in Birmingham, Soweto played with Gary Crosby’s Jazz Jamaica All Stars collective before bursting onto the scene with his debut album ‘Conversations With The Unseen’ in 2003. Critics raved about his alto sax playing which echoed greats such as Joe Harriott and Charlie Parker as well as modern masters Greg Osby and Kenny Garrett. Words by Matt Phillips – more at Jazz FM

The shoot was commissioned by Jazz FM for a forthcoming publication and when I asked Soweto where he’d like to be photographed he suggested the site of the annual multi-award-winning ‘The Flyover Show‘ which he heads up in Hockley, Birmingham.

So here we are – we did some closer images but I wanted to show the scale of the flyover itself which was massive and needed an expansive, heroic character to bring it down to size – Soweto! Naturally he said that launching the sax into the air would be the last thing on earth he would think of doing!’

Tony Bennett – New CD – William Ellis front cover

Tony Bennett©William Ellis

Cover of the latest release in Europe from Tony Bennett.
This photograph was taken at Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2003 during an outdoor concert in George Square.
I remember arriving just as Mr. Bennett went on, I quickly settled near the piano while around 20 other photographers flocked over on the right hand of the stage.
Sooner rather later he strolled over with the air of a Roman Emperor to sing his second song.

Cover of the latest release in Europe from Tony Bennett.

This photograph was taken at Glasgow Jazz Festival in 2003 during an outdoor concert in George Square.

I remember arriving just as Mr. Bennett went on, I quickly settled near the piano while around 20 other photographers flocked over on the right hand of the stage.

Sooner rather later he strolled over with the air of a Roman Emperor to sing his second song.

Order a print of the uncropped image

Format: CD Label: SONY BMG Catalogue Number: 88697985612 Barcode

Herbie Hancock – All That’s Jazz: KCET Los Angeles TV

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Karen at KCET about using some of my images in the Herbie Hancock profile – you can view images and hear interviews with NY based Jimmy Katz and myself here where I talk about the shoots with Herbie, MIles Davis and the wonderful Nancy Wilson.

A very informative and beautifully produced profile of the great man which features Gustavo Dudamel, Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter – Herbie Hancock: All That’s Jazz – KCET Los Angeles

Herbie Hancock©william_ellis08-3741Herbie Hancock: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, 2008

THE NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION – JONAS GWANGWA

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is preparing an exhibition on the great South African musician Jonas Gwangwa and Amandla which will tour his homeland for a year.
I was honoured to recieve a request for the portrait of Mr. Gwangwa in Cape Town 2003 to be included in the presentation.
I was in Cape Town for my first international exhibition hosted by the Cape Town Jazz Festival in a joint show with Jürgen Schadeberg. whose work I have long admired.
My time with Mr. Gwangwa was short, for just a few minutes before his concert when we were literally alone backstage. He spoke to me of his long years in exile during the despicable apartheid regime then seemed to leave me to be with his thoughts and memories.
Jonas Gwangwa: Cape Town, 29th March 2003

Jonas Gwangwa: Cape Town, 29th March 2003

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is preparing an exhibition on the great South African musician Jonas Gwangwa and Amandla which will tour his homeland for a year.

I was honoured to recieve a request for this portrait of Mr. Gwangwa in Cape Town 2003 to be included in the presentation.

I was there for my first international exhibition hosted by the Cape Town Jazz Festival in a joint show with Jürgen Schadeberg. whose work I have long admired.

My time with Mr. Gwangwa was short, for just a few minutes before his concert when we were literally alone backstage. He spoke to me of his long years in exile during the despicable apartheid regime then seemed to leave me to be with his thoughts and memories.