Archive for March 5th, 2012

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: 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!’