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Twelvetrees Press, 1987 - Music - 120 pages
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William Claxton's Jazz is an exciting and original collection of over seventy duotone portraits of such jazz greats as Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Gerry Mulligan, Mahalia Jackson, Dave Brubeck, Chet Baker, Thelonious Monk, Art Pepper, and Max Roach. Hailed as a classic and now available in an elegant paperback edition, Jazz is perhaps the first art photography book devoted to jazz musicians. By turns exuberant, joyful, and contemplative, Claxton's keen, intuitive photographs capture the nuances of the intimacy between jazz musicians and their music. With a foreword by Leonard Feather and an afterword by Terry Southern, this seminal classic is a must for anyone who appreciates jazz and fine photography.

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The photographer: William Claxton holds a special place in the history of American-particularly jazz-photography. Since his early career-shooting for LIFE, Paris Match, and Vogue, among other magazines-Claxton has worked with and become friends with many Hollywood luminaries and jazz musicians, most notably Steve McQueen and Chet Baker (whom Claxton first photographed in 1952 when Baker was young and still unknown). Claxton, whose jazz imagery has graced the covers of countless albums and magazine covers for over five decades, is considered the preeminent photographer of jazz music. TASCHEN has also published Claxton's Jazz seen and Steve McQueen.

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