Jazz Band Performance Portraits. by Shawn Clark

When I shoot concerts, especially Jazz concerts, I love to do performance portraits. Performance portraits are not just pictures of someone playing an instrument or singing. Every shot is that. The moments I search for are the ones in between the notes when the artist’s personality really shines through their instrument. When the artist is fully in the moment of the music . When Jazz becomes the air that carries the breathe of those experience the performance: from the stage. from the audience. Or through the camera.

Jazz bands...Outtakes. by Shawn Clark

I have shot a lot of different types of musical performances - Country Rock (Andrew Morris Band), Classic Rock (Phil Collins, Molly Hatchet), Rock (Emily Estefan, AME@Frost, Jeff Jefferies), Classical Symphony (Frost Symphony Orchestra) and then a few that should need no category, like the Blues Brothers(!). Plus many more! However… There is no music that beat JAZZ for fun and inspiration. The Frost School of Music Jazz program is top shelve in every way - Musicians, performance energy, piece selection, stage presence and visuals. Most of the time I end up with images I enjoy that far outnumber what is considered “an appropriate number” for a gallery, so instead, I will call these outtakes….

Festival Miami Salutes Dizzy’s Latin Side - Downbeat magazine by Shawn Clark


Downbeat magazine featured several of my images from Festival Miami last year [01.26.2017]. While the story is a little dated, I came across it while searching for some more recent images that I expect to be published soon. This particular show - a tribute to Dizzy Gillespie - featured two musicians that played with Dizzy over the years: John Faddis on trumpet and Jimmy Heath on tenor saxophone.  The equation for great pictures starts with great performers. John Faddis and Jimmy Heath were amazing.... Downbeat magazine