Another great musician moves on

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George Duke at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival May 2013

It seems like we are losing musicians every other week these days.  Some are old and others just may have lived too hard, but each loss closes a chapter in the continuum of music.  As a photographer I have photographed many musicians over the years and I have missed the opportunity to ever photograph many more.  My heroes of this craft Jim Marshall, Michael P. Smith and Herman Leonard are all gone now but their images live on.  It is these photographs that I study and try to learn from, but I know that I will never photograph the legends that have shaped the music I attempt to document every time I go out  to a show with my camera.  A few months ago I began to collect images of musicians that I have photographed who are no longer with us and I wanted to share this collection.  George Duke passed away on Monday and I saw him for the first and last time this past May in New Orleans.

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Al Grey at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1999.  He died the following year.

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Alice Coltrane during her last concert Masonic Auditorium 11/4/06, she passed away in January 2007

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Earl King’s funeral 5/1/03

I never photographed him alive but with Aaron Neville singing over his open casket I had to include his photo

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BJ Pappa at the Gathering Cafe in North Beach around 1998

BJ was a local San Francisco legend and a good friend of mine.

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown at Cafe Istanbul in New Orleans 1997

This is still one of my favorite photographs.  I was young and inexperienced when I a shot this image but with the help of a full lighting set up from a video production I got my shot.  I was able to give a print to Gatemouth a few years later when he came through San Francisco.

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Dave Brubeck at Masonic Auditorium for SFJAZZ

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JohnLee Hooker at the San Francisco Blues Festival around 1995-96

I remember squeezing up to the front of the crowd to get this shot.  I had no access so I had to work hard for this mediocre shot.

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Merl Saunders at The Marin Music Festival

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Uncle Lionel Batiste showing off during a second line in New Orleans

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Vince Welnick at Truckee Amphitheater

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James Durant of Rebirth Brass Band at North Beach Jazz Festival

James Durant died way too young

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Mike Houser from Widespread Panic

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James Moody at Stanford Jazz Festival

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Marva Wright at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Abbey Lincoln at Herbst Theater

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Allen Woody of the Allman Brothers Band and Govt’ Mule

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Coco Robicheaux at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Etta James

She could barely walk, but she could still sing

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Max Roach at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Percy Heath at Stanford Jazz Festival

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Ronnie Mathews’ hands on the piano at fantasy Studios in Berkeley

This turned out to be Ronnie’s last recording session

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Martin Fierro of Zero and many other bands

When I first moved to San Francisco in 1995 Zero was big and this image along with a few others of the band helped me get started.

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Ed Kelly at Coit Tower for The North Beach Jazz Festival

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Allen Smith at The Palace of Fine Arts

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Ruth Brown at The Stanford Jazz Festival

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Snooks Eaglin at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

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Mulgrew Miller at Stanford Jazz Festival

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Ron Stallings at Intersection for the Arts

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