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The Jazz Masters Gallery

All the photographs are copyrighted by John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk, and may not be reproduced without permission.

 

 

Jack DeJohnette - a spectacular drummer with his own bands and with artists such as pianist Keith Jarrett. Photographed at the Town Hall, Cheltenham 

 

 

Sonny Rollins, one of the most influential saxophonists in the history of jazz. Photographed at the Barbican, London. 

 

Chet Baker, a legendary trumpeter with a lyrical style. Photographed at the Rep Theatre, Birmingham

Carla Bley, pioneering pianist, composer and arranger.  Photographed at Cheltenham Town Halll.

 

 

Johnny Griffin, a thrilling player with extraordinary technical command at high tempos. Photographed at Brecon Jazz, Wales.

 

Bennie Maupin, flautist, bass clarinettist and saxophonist - a key member of pianist Herbie Hancock's pioneering groups. Photographed at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Lee Konitz, a subtle and inventive improviser from the Cool School of jazz. Photographed at Brecon Jazz, Wales. 

 

 

Chick Corea, a pioneering pianist and electric keyboards player, with Miles Davis and his own influential Akoustic and Elektric bands. Photographed at the Big Top, Cheltenham.

Don Byron, clarinettist and saxophonist - an original thinker blending composed and freely improvised music.  Photographed at the Everyman Theatrel, Cheltenham.

 

Roy Haynes, a master drummer with countless jazz legends, and leader of his own bands. Photographed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

American singer Sheila Jordan, a creative original stylist with a superb voice. Photographed at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho, London.

 

Gil Evans, a hugely gifted composer and arranger, and a key collaborator with Miles Davis as well as leading his own magnifcent orchestras. Photographed at the Town Hall, Birminhgam,

Enrico Rava, brilliantly melodic trumpeter and flugelhornist, and a hugely influential pioneer on the Italian jazz scene. Photographed at the Pancevo Jazz Festival, Serbia. 

Jan Garbarek, strongly individual composer and saxophonist, and a major figure on the Norwegian jazz scene. Photographed at the Town Hall, Birmingham.

John Taylor, a brilliant UK pianist and composer, leader of his own trios and a key collaborator with many European and American musicians. Photographed at the CBSO Centre, Birmingham,

Dave Liebman, an exciting saxophonist, with trumpeter Miles Davis and his own bands. Photographed at  the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

 

Hank Jones, a superb pianist with many of the giants of jazz. Photographed at the Jazz Standard Club, New York

 

John Abercrombie, a magnificent guitarist and composer, leader of his own groups.  Photographed at Brecon, Wales.

 

 

Charles Lloyd, saxophonist, flautist and composer, a major force with the bands of Cannonball Adderley and his own groups. Photographed at the Barbican, London.

Herbie Hancock, a hugely influential pianist and composer, with Miles Davis and his own pioneering bands. Photogaphed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Phil Woods, a great alto saxophonist, and leader of his own groups. Photographed in his dressing room at the Town Hall, Birmingham.

Jim Hall,  a lyrical player with a strongly individual style. Photographed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

 

Dame Cleo Laine, who with her composer and saxophonist husband Sir John Dankworth proved strongly influential on the UK scene. Photographed at Brecon Jazz, Wales.

David Sanborn, an exciting player with a soulful style who became a fusion pioneer. Photographed at the Town Hall, Cheltenham.

Trilok Gurtu, a magnificent Indian-born percussionist who has worked with guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Jan Garbarek and with his own groups. Photographed at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

 

 

Oscar Peterson, a virtuoso and one of the most influential pianists in jazz. Photographed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

 

Kurt Elling, a masterly singer with a powerful voice and a huge tonal range. Photographed at the Big Top, Cheltenham.

Gary Burton, a brilliant vibes player with an original style. Photographed at the Jazz Arena, Cheltenham.

 

Roy Hargrove, a brilliant improviser and leader of his own small groups and big band. Photographed at the Jazz Arena, Cheltenham.

Joe Lovano, an inventive and powerful saxophonist, with his own bands and in collaborations with many jazz masters. Photographed at the Pancevo Jazz Festival, Serbia.

Kenny Barron, a gifted pianist and composer, who has performed with many of the giants of jazz and also leads his own trio. Photographed at Kings Place, London.

John Scofield, a brilliant guitarist with Miles Davis and with his own R&B-influenced bands. Photographed at the Pancevo Jazz Festival, Serbia.

Wynton Marsalis, who went from being a virtuoso improviser with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers to go on to lead the Jazz Orchestra of the Lincoln Centre. Photographed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.

Dave Holland, who came to prominence in the quintet of Miles Davis, and went on to lead his own outstanding small groups and big band. Photographed at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. 

Kenny Wheeler, a brilliant composer and improviser, leader of his own influential small groups and big band. Photographed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

 

 Mark Murphy, a wonderfully accomplished American singer. Photographed at Brecon Jazz, Wales.

 

Michael Gibbs, one of the greatest composers and arrangers, and leader of his own orchestras. Photographed at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Billy Cobham, a brilliant drummer with his own groups and bands such as the Mahavishnu Orchestra. Photographed at the Big Top, Cheltenham.

Bob Brookmeyer, a pioneering valve trombonist and composer, and key collaborator with artists including baritone saxophone master Gerry Mulligan. Photographed at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham.

Benny Golson, an outstanding composer and saxophonist, whose works are played by countless bands. Photographed at Brecon Jazz, Wales.

John Surman, powerful reeds player and composer, leader of his own bands and a collaborator with many outstanding musicians. Photographed at the Town Hall, Cheltenham.

Pat Metheny, whose fusion style proved hugely influential, and who collaborated with artists including saxophone giant Michael Brecker. Photographed at the Barbican, London,

Ralph Towner, a virtuoso musician and key member of the group Oregon. Photographed at the Pancevo Jazz Festival, Serbia. 

Randy Brecker, who with his late saxophonist brother Michael, became one of the most influential fusion and contemprary jazz players of his generation. Photographed at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

American singer Cecile McLorin Salvant - a rapid rise to fame, winning acclaim from musicians and critics alike. Photographed at the Pancevo Jazz Festival, Serbia.

 

Pat Martino, an influential American player who recovered from serious illness to re-launch his career. Photographed at the Town Hall, Cheltenham.

Dee Dee Bridgewater, a fabulous American-born singer, long resident in Paris. Photographed at Town Hall, Cheltenham.

All photographs copyright John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk