Saxophonist Wayne Shorter first recorded for the Blue Note label in 1959 as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. It effectively brought the 26 year-old to attention of the jazz world. Although he had previously played in the ensembles of Horace Silver and Maynard Ferguson and recorded for the Vee-Jay label, alongside Blakey’s […]
This website contains a photo archive comprising over 2,500 jazz photographs taken by Stuart Nicholson during a period that covers just over two decades — from the early 1980s to the early millennium years. They were taken in the pre-digital age of 35 millimetre films, pushed ASA ratings and hand held metering and offer a very personal window onto two exciting decades of jazz. The Home Page slideshow displays over 100 shots that provide a flavour of what’s on offer.
Although a few of Stuart Nicholson’s photographs have previously appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Irish Times, The Times, The Independent, jazz magazines and a handful of books, almost all have never been in the public domain before. What makes this archive unique is the eyewitness account it provides of jazz from early 1980s to the early Millennium years. Almost every genre of is covered (check out the Collections tabs that bring selected photographs together under headings such as Blue Note, Free Jazz, Jazz-Rock, Big Band and so on) featuring literally hundreds of jazz artists.
All the photographs in this archive are available at a reasonable cost – click on the image and follow the onscreen prompts if you want to obtain a licence for commercial use or if you simply want to buy shots to enhance your listening space, den, office or living area.
When he recorded Michael Brecker in 1987, it was unusual that such a major talent in jazz should have eluded making an album under his own name until he was 38 years of age, especially since he was already widely recognised as the most influential saxophonist since John Coltrane. The preeminent studio saxophonist of […]