Don Weller: Brecon, 2008

Don Weller – famed for his wonderful playing and almost ubiquitous beret – more on that later. I photographed Don during a break in the soundcheck by his big band which featured many of the UK’s finest musicians – including one you can see in the background Peter King, the great alto player chosen to play Charlie Parker’s Grafton sax before it’s auction.

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B.B. King: Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 1992

B.B.King: Glasgow, 1992

Ian Shaw – One LP

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“I pondered over many albums – I was going to bring Aladdin Sane for you by David Bowie ‘cos I wore it out when I was a kid.
But it’s got to be Aretha ‘Lady Soul’ ‘cos I bought it from Flint market, and I think it was like a quid or something and I’ve still got the original copy, and it’s just great.
It’s got all the best songs that she recorded like Chain of Fools, Natural Women, Ain’t No Way – with her sister singing backing vocals.
Aretha – Lady Soul.”

Ian Shaw: Cinnamon Club, Bowdon, 20th March 2015

Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul released 1968
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One LP – A journey into someone’s soul

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One LP – Graham Nash

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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.

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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!’