INFLUENTIAL Jazz Saxophonists

A small collection of photographs taken of Influential Jazz Saxophonists during the 20th century. By: Matt Kubek

I chose this Photograph of Charlie Parker and added him to the Jazz Saxophonists gallery because he is a very influential and important figure in the history of Jazz and Saxophone. More importantly, I chose the photograph of him in that particular position holding and playing the Saxophone because his attitude and stature describe so well the feeling of the 1920’s Jazz era. Laid-back and very calm, cool and collective. I would consider this photograph of him a “craft” because it is a professional photograph, not some kind of work of art that he is putting on display.
I chose this particular Photograph of Phil Woods and added him to the Jazz Saxophonists gallery because he was a very famous and a true “virtuoso” on the Saxophone during the 20th century; he also played with many famous and popular bands of that age such as; The Benny Goodman Jazz Orchestra, and countless others. I chose this photograph of him playing the Saxophone very furiously and with a “Jazz face” because he was a true musician and had unsurmountable talent that you could just see by the way he plays, stands and has his face; He was into it! I would consider this photograph of him a “craft” because it is a professional photograph, no some kind of work or art that he is putting on display.
I chose this particular photograph of Branford Marsalis and added him to the Jazz Saxophonists gallery because of his rising popularity (for being hip and young) in the later part of the 20th century. He was starting a new era of Saxophonists who were young and experimental in Jazz. I chose this photograph of him playing the Soprano Saxophone and sitting on his Saxophone case because it describes the different “young, new and hip” feeling that he brought about to the Jazz era… Nobody heard of the Soprano being used in Jazz! I would consider this photograph of him a “craft” because it is a professional photograph, not some kind of work of art that he is putting on display.
I chose this particular photograph of Gene Ammons and added him to the Jazz Saxophonists Gallery because of his more modern style of Jazz playing that was starting to lead to a new revolution of Jazz Music. He was experimenting with all kinds of techniques and effects on the Saxophone which was leading to the break from your traditional style of Jazz. I chose this photograph of him in a dark background with his shiny Saxophone because it almost made me think about the “New light” that was being cast on the “old and dusty” Jazz. I would consider this photograph of him a “craft” because it is a professional photograph, not some kind of work of art that he is putting on display.
I chose this particular photograph of Boyce Brown and added him to the Jazz Saxophonists Gallery because of Boyce’s huge influence on Chicago Jazz. Chicago started picking up Jazz after it became prevalent in other areas of the 20th century, but Boyce really helped pick it up and really flourish in the Chicago, Illinois area. I chose this photograph of him in a standard background with his almost “Lazy” Saxophone embouchure, because it describes the almost “Lazy” and “Big personality” attitude and followings of Jazz in Chicago. I would consider this photograph of him a “craft” because it is a professional photograph, not some kind of work of art that he is putting on display.
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