Stolen Moments: A Pictorial Essay of the Greatest Jazz Giants of our Times

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Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Monk at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Monk wistfully waltzing around the studio. This picture of Monk listening to the playback was taken around 1962 or 1963.
Monk wistfully waltzing around the studio. This picture of Monk listening to the playback was taken around 1962 or 1963.
Monk at the Columbia Records' recording studio, New York, 1963.
Monk at the Columbia Records' recording studio, New York, 1963.
Monk photographed for a Saturday Evening Post Feature in 1963, and Monk is sitting next to his piano dressed in a silk robe.
Monk photographed for a Saturday Evening Post Feature in 1963, and Monk is sitting next to his piano dressed in a silk robe.
Arranger and Composer Gil Evans at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966; Evans was warming up in a large rehearsal hall backstage.
Arranger and Composer Gil Evans at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966; Evans was warming up in a large rehearsal hall backstage.
Bill Evans at a Riverside Records record session, New York,1963.
Bill Evans at a Riverside Records record session, New York,1963.
Miles Davis in his New York City apartment. 1963.
Miles Davis in his New York City apartment. 1963.
Miles Davis having a cigarette lit by Harry James on the backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1963.
Miles Davis having a cigarette lit by Harry James on the backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival 1963.
Al Cohn behind a club, New York City, 1963.
Al Cohn behind a club, New York City, 1963.
Chico Hamilton at a Rudy Van Gelder's studio recording session for Impulse!, New York City, 1963.
Chico Hamilton at a Rudy Van Gelder's studio recording session for Impulse!, New York City, 1963.
Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerald Wilspn backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963.
Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Gerald Wilspn backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963.
Oscar Peterson backstage at the Las Vegas Festival, 1962.
Oscar Peterson backstage at the Las Vegas Festival, 1962.
Miles Davis talking sh**t, probably about some chick, to Steve McQueen backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963.
Miles Davis talking sh**t, probably about some chick, to Steve McQueen backstage at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963.
Hank Crawford backstage with a lady friend at the Oakland Coliseum, 1960.
Hank Crawford backstage with a lady friend at the Oakland Coliseum, 1960.
Percy Heath at the Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, 1960.
Percy Heath at the Coffee Gallery, San Francisco, 1960.
Chares Lloyd in a serene mood in his apartment, New York, 1964.
Chares Lloyd in a serene mood in his apartment, New York, 1964.
Ben Webster at the Five Spot on 8th Street in New York City, taken on a Sunday afternoon jam session in 1963.
Ben Webster at the Five Spot on 8th Street in New York City, taken on a Sunday afternoon jam session in 1963.
John Coltrane t Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New York, during the ABC Records' session for Impulse!, in 1963. He was listening to the playback of "Nancy with the Laughing Face."
John Coltrane t Rudy Van Gelder's studio in New York, during the ABC Records' session for Impulse!, in 1963. He was listening to the playback of "Nancy with the Laughing Face."
Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Pearl Bailey at the Las Vegas Jazz Festival.
Rahsaan Roland Kirk and Pearl Bailey at the Las Vegas Jazz Festival.
Dinah Washington at the Masonaic Auditorium, San Francisco, 1959.
Dinah Washington at the Masonaic Auditorium, San Francisco, 1959.
Helen Humes at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, 1959 or 1960.
Helen Humes at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco, 1959 or 1960.
Al gray at Russ Wilson's home, San Francisco, 1961.
Al gray at Russ Wilson's home, San Francisco, 1961.
Blue  Mitchell at the Black Hawk, San Francisco,1960.
Blue Mitchell at the Black Hawk, San Francisco,1960.
Doug Watkins the Bass player at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco.
Doug Watkins the Bass player at the Jazz Workshop, San Francisco.
Johnny Hodges at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1960.
Johnny Hodges at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1960.
John Coltrane taken at the home of Ralph Gleason, the late Chronicle jazz critic in 1960.
John Coltrane taken at the home of Ralph Gleason, the late Chronicle jazz critic in 1960.
Sarah Vaughn at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, late 1980s.
Sarah Vaughn at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, late 1980s.
Frank Morgan at the UC Jazz Festival, Berkeley, 1980s, 1980s.
Frank Morgan at the UC Jazz Festival, Berkeley, 1980s, 1980s.
Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966 or 1967.
Woody Herman at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966 or 1967.
Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, early 1980s.
Sonny Rollins and Donald Byrd at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, early 1980s.
Michel Petruciani at Ken Schuberts house in the late 1980s. Michel was  dwarf and an incredible piano player. He accessed the pedals by placing blocks on them.
Michel Petruciani at Ken Schuberts house in the late 1980s. Michel was dwarf and an incredible piano player. He accessed the pedals by placing blocks on them.
Miles Davis at Newman's Gym on Leavenworth Street in San Francsco, 1970.
Miles Davis at Newman's Gym on Leavenworth Street in San Francsco, 1970.
Miriam Makeba at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960 singing "Evolution of the Blues. She had just come from South Africa.
Miriam Makeba at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960 singing "Evolution of the Blues. She had just come from South Africa.
Mingus at the UC Jazz Festival at the greek Theater, Berkeley, 1966.
Mingus at the UC Jazz Festival at the greek Theater, Berkeley, 1966.
Elvin Jones at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
Elvin Jones at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway in 1972, in Berkeley.
Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway in 1972, in Berkeley.
Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute at CBS TV studios, Los Angeles, 1972
Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute at CBS TV studios, Los Angeles, 1972
Zoot Sims chatting with Stan Getz during the intermission in 1963.
Zoot Sims chatting with Stan Getz during the intermission in 1963.
King Curtis at an Aretha Franklin recording Session  in either New York or Los Angeles. He was killed by being stabbed whilst trying to stop a fight between two Puerto Rican men.                                                   .
King Curtis at an Aretha Franklin recording Session in either New York or Los Angeles. He was killed by being stabbed whilst trying to stop a fight between two Puerto Rican men. .
Vernon Alley at Steve Hathaway's studio in San Francisco, late 1990s.
Vernon Alley at Steve Hathaway's studio in San Francisco, late 1990s.
Cootie Williams, Count Basie, and Billy Eckstine, backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute, CBS TV studios, Los Angeles, 1972.
Cootie Williams, Count Basie, and Billy Eckstine, backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute, CBS TV studios, Los Angeles, 1972.
Jackie McLean at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
Jackie McLean at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Mingus at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Sonny Rollins at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, early 1990s.
Sonny Rollins at the Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, early 1990s.
Stanley Turrentine at the Great American Hall, San Francisco, early 1980s.
Stanley Turrentine at the Great American Hall, San Francisco, early 1980s.
Teddy Edwards at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Teddy Edwards at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1964.
Anita O'Day, San Francisco, 1960.
Anita O'Day, San Francisco, 1960.
Carmen Mcrae in the dressing room, in the basement and was recording a live Album with Dizy Gillespie at the Great American Music Hall in San Fancisco, 1976.
Carmen Mcrae in the dressing room, in the basement and was recording a live Album with Dizy Gillespie at the Great American Music Hall in San Fancisco, 1976.
Sammy Davis Jr. backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute at CBS TV, Los Angeles, 1972.
Sammy Davis Jr. backstage at the Duke Ellington tribute at CBS TV, Los Angeles, 1972.
Sonny Payne at the Longshoremans Hall, San Francisco, 1960.
Sonny Payne at the Longshoremans Hall, San Francisco, 1960.
Miles Backstage at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1971.
Miles Backstage at the Berkeley Community Theater, 1971.
Joe Williams, San Francisco, 1961 or 1962.
Joe Williams, San Francisco, 1961 or 1962.
Chuck Isreal at the Village Gate, New York City, 1961.
Chuck Isreal at the Village Gate, New York City, 1961.
Duke Ellington at the  Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
Duke Ellington at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966.
McCoy Tyner at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1963.
McCoy Tyner at the Newport Jazz Festival, 1963.
Dave Brubeck backstage at the New Port Jazz Festival, 1963.
Dave Brubeck backstage at the New Port Jazz Festival, 1963.
Miles at Winterland, San francisco, 1971.
Miles at Winterland, San francisco, 1971.
Duke Ellington and Paul Gonsalves at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960. The photo was taken during one of Paul's extended solos.
Duke Ellington and Paul Gonsalves at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1960. The photo was taken during one of Paul's extended solos.
Louie Bellson at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966
Louie Bellson at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1966
Miles in the Ring at Newman's Gym in San Francisco in 1971. Miles used to box with guys and he would say, "Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight."
Miles in the Ring at Newman's Gym in San Francisco in 1971. Miles used to box with guys and he would say, "Don't hit me in the mouth, I gotta play tonight."

Ways Of Seeing And Looking


WAYS OF SEEING

Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled. Each evening we see the sun set. We know that the earth is turning away from it. Yet knowledge, the explanation, never quite fits the sight. The way we see things is affected by what we know or what we believe. When in love, the sight of the beloved has a wholeness which no words and no embrace can match: a totality in which only the act of making love can temporarily accommodate. Yet this seeing which comes before words, and can never be quite covered by them, is not a question of mechanically reacting to stimuli. We only see what we look at. To look is an act of choice. As a result of this act, what we see is brought within our reach - though not necessarily within arm's reach. To touch something is to situate oneself in relation to it. We never look at just one thing; we are always looking at the relation between things and ourselves. Our vision is continually active, continually moving, continually holding things in a circle around itself, constituting what is present as we are. An image is a sight which has been recreated or reproduced. It is an appearance, or a set of appearances, which has been detached from the place and time in which it first made its appearance and preserved - for a few moments or a few centuries. Every image embodies a way of seeing. Even a photograph. For photographs are not, as is often assumed, a mechanical record. Every time we look at a photograph, we are aware, however slightly, of the photographer selecting that sight from an infinity of other possible sights. This is true even in the most casual family snapshot. The photographer's way of seeing is reflected in his choice of the subject. The painter's way of seeing is reconstituted by the marks he makes on the canvas or paper. Yet, although every image embodies a way of seeing, our perception or apprectation of an image depends also upon our own way of seeing. (Berger)

When we look and see the photographs above, many memories are recalled and recollected. The music and the musician assume a recognizable but unusual posture and memory down the Jazz memory lane captured in time and space. The subject may have as well have passed on, but their physical appearances make us remember the music, their acts and soulful renderings. The photographic essays conforms to the adage that Jazz massages the soul as do the pictures create a halo on Jazz and Jazz musicians. The way we see the photos above is what Jazz is and has always been about. It brings back the LPs one has been listening to, the Live performances these Artists engaged in, and sumptuous studio recordings to bear. Seeing the photos not only brings the memories closer and keeps them fresh, it also etches the music in ones consciousness and soulful self at peace and one with nature, the universe, cosmos and they rhythms of all life. The images are encrypted into the musical world and existence that they help us keep the spirit of Jazz alive and continuing throughout time and ages.

All the photos above were taken by Jim Marshall using his Leica M4. He was able to take these photos despite the bulwark of ushers, burly guards, stage managers, and concert impresarios' efforts to dissuade him from photographing the musicians and he never just took to standing but the stages lip waiting for shots to appear. Most of these pictures were taken in recording studios, rehearsal halls, backstage areas, festival grounds, or home living rooms, and a few of them were of the artists performing on stage. His photos display his uncanny ability to capture the mood, personality and should of an Artist and this translated into stolen moments rarely witnessed by the legions of fans who love and follow Jazz. He was also able to capture and radiate with this informal, friendly intimacy - wherein in the end, they are like family snapshots.

He would crawl through the Big-Bands sections, or capture a tight close-up facial of an artist whilst they were playing. Marshall's love of hanging out with Jazz musicians provided him with opportunities to photograph them not only informally, out of the spotlight, but also to receive their blessing to shoot them at will in performance. He had a knack for capturing reflective moods. Marshall's close relationships with the Jazz crowd got him Pictures the like of which no one else could have taken.

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music messenger 6 years ago

So many great photos, so much talent...Thanks. This was fun. From one jazz fan to another...I have jazz reviews on my hubs. Take a look.


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ixwa 6 years ago Author

music messenger: hank you very much for visiting the pictorial Hub above. I have taken time out to review your Jazz reviews on your Hug=b. I noted with interested and would like to tell you that I have not only written Hubs on the history of Jazz and Jazz Musicians, but I am also an avid collector of all genre of Music, From Led Zep, to all you can imagine. I have a serious library for Vinyl, 8 track, 4 track tapes, and Cds. I welcome a fellow jazz cat and hope you'll also check-out my Jazz and other musical Hubs. Thank you again and welcome to HubPages. I will soon be going to your Hub to check which one tickles my fancy, so I can be able to post my comments. Again, Welcome! Check-out my station I have listed at the end of my Hub. I really play rare grooves in it...


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music messenger 6 years ago

Thanks ixwa. I will continue to add music reviews and info. Thanks for checking me out. I will listen to your station! Cheers


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ixwa 6 years ago Author

music messenger: welcome, again, and I am honored to have you grace the contents of the Hub again. As promised, I will make time and post my two cents on some of your Hubs, and am thrilled to have a fellow-jazz music lover come and give me some sorely needed support on what I am writing about. Thanks again.


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ixwa 6 years ago Author

music messenger: I would appreciate it if you would listen to may station and give me a 'shout out' whilst you are at it. I am also impressed and happy to see that you are reading the Hubs I have written and hope, as I have said before, I have been able to contribute something which you think of as important. Thank you again, and keep on trucking(reading!). Thanks a lot!


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Dink96 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Such a phenomenal collection. Thank you! I will listen to your station and check out your other hubs again.


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ixwa 6 years ago Author

Dink96: Welcome to you and have not heard from you in some time. I am glad you liked the Hub above. The station is still on, and am working very hard to insert thousands of very rare vinyl into the Playlist of the station. As time goes on, you might hear the sound of vinyl, but will try to keep; the frying sound to a minimum. This will help to bring about rare music that one no more hears on the Internet radios or FM radio stations. Good to hear from you and thanks to the comments made above, and that is much appreciated. Thanks, and hope to hear from you in the 'shout out' part on the station page.


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David R Bradley 6 years ago from The Active Side of Infinity

These are some amazing photos! I wanted you to know we share a similar interest and a similar title! http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Stolen-Moments-A


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ixwa 6 years ago Author

David R Bradley: Thank you very much for viewing and commenting on the Pictorial essay above, although I was slow to answer your comments. True, we do share the same topic, with a different sub-topic, and of course a different format, meaning, I was also exploring "ways of seeing" our jazz masters in other settings outside any other formal means, that with (Stolen Moments) we see them as our artists, favorite composers, performers and master musicians. You are also right, we do share the same interests, ala-jazz, and I have have also made sure that I promote Jazz and other types of musical genres in my Station called "FASTTRACKS" which can be found on Live365.com/stations/djtot12. I hope you check the station out and holler for me on the staion's "Shout Out" access. I hope you log on it and listen to the variety of Jazz and other musical genres doled-out without being cut or any type of advertisement. Right now I am now working on including all the Vinyl collection I have, and I have very amazing and interesting artist for all Jazz and music lovers. I checked out your suggested article and I will be commenting on it, very soon. Thank you very much, and I really appreciate your comments, visits and other stuff you done for me. Thanks, and I hope you enjoy my Internet Radio Station(FASTTRACKS), and will be looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.


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epigramman 4 years ago

...this hub is perfection, a work of art and a labor of love and I have just posted your major hub to our FB group Let's just talk music or cinema with a direct link back here - would love to have you join us there - that would indeed be a honor and a thrill - my name is Colin Stewart at FB with the same profile photo - and on my homepage is a direct link when you click the group title.

lake erie time 7:54pm ontario canada and after viewing this hub it's time to put on a jazz record


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ixwa 4 years ago Author

epigramman! Welcome again to the Hub above and am I happy to read your feedback. I am thrilled at the invitation and I accept humbly. I am also happy that you are posting my meagre efforts at keeping the spirit and story of Jazz alive. I also use my station to keep Jazz alive and work assiduously for my own enjoyment and for the sake of the artists to be able to get renumeration for their work. I ask for no money from the artist but only that they allow me to play their music, and if possible, they send me their music from any quarter of the musical world. I will gladly do what needs to be done too, to write about Jazz, and make sure it does not die. I still have a couple of Hubs in the Works on Jazz and other musical forms or genres and as soon as I finnish them, I will be glad if they could reach a much more wider audience. I am very appreciative of what you are doing for me, and will also do so in kind too in terms of the Hubs. Thank you, again, for the gentle and encouraging accolades and will join your site.


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epigramman 4 years ago

....well the sooner the better you can get over to our group - lol - because there are only two hardcore jazz fans there - myself of course and Sonia - although that said , other than photography, art, and cinema and fashion I would say that the music element of this group reaches to all demographics and genres - but we need good people like you in the group with your passion and knowledge 4:20am lake erie


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epigramman 4 years ago

....also we need more people like you in this group so if you know any more like minded fans of this genre or the blues etc. etc. - please invite them too -

back in the day - I had the pleasure and honor of seeing - perform live - mostly in Toronto , Ontario

....Lenny Breau

Chet Baker

Miles Davis

Muddy Waters

Sonny Stitt

Ella Fitzgerald

Joe Pass

Wynton and Branford Marsalis

Sarah Vaughan

McCoy Tyner

Sun Ra

.....and more ......


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ixwa 4 years ago Author

epigramman! Your two postings above did not reflect onto my Statistics, and did not know that you had posted some comments. As usual I appreciate the encouragement you pass on to me. I have just joined Twitter today and am still challenged as to how it works and what one can do with it. But for now, I could do with some tips as to how to utilize it. As I have stated in my FB comments that I am ready and you tell me what you want me to do. I can also write articles on mostly about nine of the artists you have cited above, and much much more. Articles like Short articles on various genres of music; also I can write short articles on varied topics, if that will be good enough, and at least, I still have to learn how to use links to link them to those articles. I also want to write about South African Jazz and other various genres of music in South Africa, and hope to make them interesting, and am willing to put in the time needed to accomplish such a project. How will this help me, with my hubs and exposure, just wondering. Keeping the story and music and personnel of Jazz upfront, wherever and whenever, I am willing to use all the knowledge and strength I have to do it. That is why I keep that flame alive with my puny station. I hope, in due time, when I get sponsors to upgrade to professional wherein I will then be able to bring into play my paltry, but seriously Loaded Music Library, I have built in the house. I am willing to write to large audiences who will read, get informed and enjoy the jazz narratives and Grooves I will be cobbling out. How can I use FB to posts the articles which I have no doubt, I can churn them out very fast and furious?. Thank you for the feedback, which has been delayed two days before I got it. I thank you for the enouragement


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ixwa 4 years ago Author

Epigramman: Thanks for the posts and the encouragement to carry this writing further. I am greatly appreciative of all the efforts you've put in to encourage me to work even much more harder, and learn more about the Social Media systems and how they worked-if one writes or promotes music. Thanks again.


Ben Blackwell 3 years ago

I just found this after searching Hubpages for jazz articles. This is a cool idea, and I like how you presented it. I am a jazz musician and listener, and I would say that this captured much of the essence of jazz and the jazz artists.


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ixwa 3 years ago Author

Ben Blackwell: Thank you very much for viewing and Appreciating the Hub above. I am glad you really encapsulated the thrust and 'essence' of the presentation of jazz artists in their 'moments' of creativity and improv. I really appreciate your kind accolades above...


Ben Blackwell 3 years ago

Sure.


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ixwa 3 years ago Author

Ben Blackwell: Thank you very much and You're welcome as you please..


Peter Washington 2 years ago

Hi- I enjoyed the photos. It was great in particular to see Vernon Alley as I remember him. This has probably been pointed out to you already ( I didn't read all the comments), but you mis- identify the bassist Doug Watkins as "Paul Chambers". Thanks-


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ixwa 2 years ago Author

Yes, You are right, and I think the person who posted it, as I reposted, was the original photographer, Jim Marshall, made an error he did not see-neither me.. I also went into the Web Photo Bank, and you are right...Well.. Appreciate the correction and have fixed it-- Thanks to you Peter.. Much appreciated...


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trusouldj 9 months ago from Indiana

Beautiful hub. l Love these pictures.


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ixwa 2 months ago Author

trusouldi: Thank you very much for viewing the photos in this Hub, and I really appreciate your feedback...

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