Jazz People

In the late 70's I discovered my love for portraits of jazz musicians. Pushing up the film's sensitivity was somehow magical. Likewise, the jazz clubs in which the concerts began late in the evening and lasted until the early morning hours.The prices for drinks were high and you sipped a beer the whole evening. Even in the early morning hours, the film was immediately developed and they were pleased with the results. In the summer months I am then at sunrise in the nature to photograph morning moods. At the beginning of the new millennium, I did not feel like photographing at such concerts. The conditions for photographers were getting worse and worse. Partly through the behavior of some colleagues, the photography was very limited and I could not do in the way pictures as I wanted. Enjoy the photographs of the world's best jazz musicians, to whom I often had personal contact.

Archie Shepp

Tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp at the Jazzfestival Saalfelden in 1983. He moved slowly back and forth and the brim of his hat sometimes shadowed his face. I had to hurry up with my camera and shortly after he changed his position and I wasn't shure wether I shot one, two or three times. I shot only one times with my Hasselblad 500/CM, Sonnar 5,6/250mm and Ilford HP5 pushed to 3200, scanned with Nikon Superscan 8000. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

Art Blakey & Terrence Blanchard

Terence Blanchard und Art Blakey, Domicile Munich 1984 - What a concert, still days afterward I couldn't stopp to play like drums with everything like a pen or lineal. Shot with my Hasselblad 500/CM, Sonnar 4,0/150mm, Ilford HP5, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000. All rights reserved. Use without permission is illegal.

Herbie Hankock

Herbie Hankock at Jazzfestival Vilshofen/Southbavaria. Leica M4P, Noctilux 1,0/50mm, Ilford Delta 3200, developed with Ilford ID-11, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission.

Elvin Jones

Jazz drummer Elvin Jones from the year 1982 in Munich, "Vielharmonie". The Jazzclub doesn't exist since many years. But this concert is in my remembrance like yesterday. Hasselblad 500/CM, Zeiss Planar 3,5/100mm, Ilford HP5, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/0YVOd1hK0_w?t=41s

Chet Baker

Portrait of the jazz trumpet player Chet Baker from September17, 1986 taken in the Munich jazz club "Domicile". The club had no direct stage and you sat at the same height as the musicians. I sat directly opposite him and shot the photo with the Hasselblad 500CM, Planar 4.0 / 150mm and Kodak Royal b&w Film pushed to 1600ASA. At that time, there were not as good high-sensitivity films as later, the grain does not bother but underlined the expression of the image. Scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/z4PKzz81m5c

Dino Saluzzi

This photo was taken as part of a commissioned work for the BMW Group, which sponsored the jazz series "Jazz & More" in Munich in the year 2000. I should also make pictures that show the musicians before the actual concert at sound check and so. I greeted Mr. Dino Saluzzi and gave him my hand. I felt a warm and very fleshy hand. A day later, the newspaper read: his bony fingers slid over the keys... Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Distagon FE 2,8/50mm, Ilford Delta 3200, dev. with ID-11, sol 1:1, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/A6yeDMoSvfk

James Carter

Jazz saxophonist James Carter in his early years of his career at the Saalfelden Jazz festival in Austria in the year 1995. Through its unorthodox approach to jazz such as growling, large interval leaps and other atypical sound effects he created his own distinctive style. I tried to catch the moment when the musician gets rid of himself. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Tele Tessar CF 5,6/350mm. Kodak TMY pushed to 3200 ASA, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/THCtJGitLr8

James Blood Ulmer

Jazz guitarist James Blood Ulmer at the Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria in the year 1995. His own style of play, caused by a brittle sound has a strong recognition value. Hasselblad 205TCC, Zeiss Planar 2,0/110mm, Kodak TMY pushed to 3200, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/hog1fTiLBh8

Dizzy Gillespie

In July 1979, I experienced Dizzy Gillespie for the first time. It was very hot in the jazz club "Domicile" in Munich and Dizzy always waved around with a towel. He always mumbles a few words that should sound Bavarian: "damister hisch, damister hisch" - but right it should read like: damischer Hirsch, damischer Hirsch which translates as something called “daffy deer”, a not directly nasty term for someone who acts silly. Then I realized that he was probably in one of Munich's many beer gardens in the afternoon and annoyed the waitress for fun. About nine years later, it was the15th of January 1988, my picture also shows him near Munich in the Jazzclub Unterschleißheim. There are tons of pictures of him with bloated cheeks or as a skylarking person . This picture made it clear to me that he was tired. It was only a moment. When I shot other photographers looked at me but I had the better position. Hasselblad 500ELX, Zeiss Tele Tessar 5,6/350 mm, 1/125 sec. f5,6, Kodak TMY 400, pushed to 3200, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. Don't spam my photo thread! Comments with awards or photos will be removed! youtu.be/mkemox0461U?t=1s

Oriole Brassband

Oriole Brass Band at the jazz festival Ascona in 1989. I had just bought the then new Nikon F4 with the flash unit SB24 and wanted to test the rear sync. Nikkor 3,5 - 4,5/ 35 - 70mm, Ilford HP5. Scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/ZWtsGIYUVQs

Pharoah Sanders

Jazz saxophonist Pharoah Sanders performing at Jazzclub Unterschleißheim near Munich in October 1987. Sanders played more and more often with John Coltrane from 1064 onwards. He was never an official member of Coltrane. This picture is in private collections like many of my photos and has been printed in photo magazines. Hasselblad 500ELX, Zeiss Tele-Tessar 5,6/350mm, Kodak TMY pushed to 3200ASA, scanned with Nikon Supercoolscan 8000ED. ALL RIGHT RESERVED All material in my gallery MAY NOT be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or uploaded in any way without my permission. youtu.be/bV5ObaaQCV0