Jazz From Row Six: Photographs 1981 – 2007 by Jean Germain, 2009
Rarely does a photographer get an opportunity to follow his/her subjects over a long period of time, let alone a quarter century. Yet for 26 years, from a seat in row six at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center in Sarasota Florida, Jean Germain photographed legendary musicians, many in their 80s and 90s, as they played at the annual jazz festival. These are not traditional performance pictures. In order to overcome constraints such as not being able to use flash or a tripod, Jean had to push the technology and her creativity. The resulting images are sometimes abstract or impressionistic, others evocative, and some just plain sentimental. Collectively, the photographs capture the pure passion and joy that these musicians have doing what they truly love - keeping jazz alive.
Then there are the photographs of the "masters" playing and mentoring the "youngsters." Whether a twenty-something John Pizzarelli as side man for his dad Bucky, or 34 year old Howard Alden intently following Milt Hinton 50 years his senior, here you witness the torch being passed.
Be it Harry "Sweets" Edison and Snooky Young, who played together in the Count Basie Orchestra and then with the Tonight Show Band, reuniting after 30 years, or Eartha Kitt showing that she still has great legs at 80, there are the personal anecdotes throughout the book. They are both delightful and historic.
There are 65 musicians represented in over 100 photographs showcasing well-known musicians like Tito Puente, Marian McPartland, Cleo Laine, Diana Krall, George Shearing, Lionel Hampton, Joe Wilder, Joe Williams, and many more.
Where to buy the book
Jazz From Row Six: Photographs 1981 – 2007
by Jean Germain, 2009
96 page hardcover 9.5” X 12” coffee table book with over 100 color and black & white photographs.
Foreward by world renowned pianist, composer, and arranger, Dick Hyman.
2009 Next Generation Indie Book Gold Medal Award for Best Entertainment/Pop Culture
book, and runner up for Best Coffee Table book.
Suggested retail price: $45.00