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The West Coast, 1950s. A time of youth, I exuberance, hope and change. Nowhere was this more evident than in the music emanating from the San Francisco and Los Angeles jazz scene. Musical improvisation spilling over onto artist's canvases, poet's pages and comic's stand-up routines. Freezing in his garage darkroom, Bob Willoughby worked late into the night developing and printing his photographs with his radio firmly dialled into these new sounds. Live music was everywhere and it seemed only natural that he go out and document what was going on. In Jazz you'll find incredible images of the most famous artists of the time, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday and images never before published of performances and backstage jitters. On stage and in the studio, unrivalled images, combined with Bob Willoughby's first person narrative provides a unique look at West Coast Jazz in the 1950s.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781901268584
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 192
Publication Date: 1 Oct 2011
Publisher: Evans Mitchell Books
Publication City, Country: Farnham, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 23.8(H) x 20(L)

 

Reviews

"A beautiful artifact, the book evokes, in words and pictures, the Los Angeles jazz scene of the early-to-mid 1950s as vividly as Francis Wolff's work in New York nails East Coast hard bop." - AllAboutJazz.com


"Willoughby s jazz photos are evocative and resonant, sometimes spectacularly so... a handsome realization of a project the photographer was working on Together they add up to a revealing snapshot of a serious artist at the top of his game. - "JAZZIZ"
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A beautiful artifact, the book evokes, in words and pictures, the Los Angeles jazz scene of the early-to-mid 1950s as vividly as Francis Wolff's work in New York nails East Coast hard bop. - AllAboutJazz.com"


"Willoughby's jazz photos are evocative and resonant, sometimes spectacularly so... a handsome realization of a project the photographer was working on...Together they add up to a revealing snapshot of a serious artist at the top of his game." - JAZZIZ

"A beautiful artifact, the book evokes, in words and pictures, the Los Angeles jazz scene of the early-to-mid 1950s as vividly as Francis Wolff's work in New York nails East Coast hard bop." - AllAboutJazz.com

 

Author Biography

Bob Willoughy is better known for his remarkable Hollywood film coverage of the 50s, 60s and 70s, but here is the legendary photographer early in his career documenting something he truly loved. A golden era in jazz that Dave Brubeck, who writes the foreword for Jazz, calls "the beginning of the beyond".

Jazz: Photographs and Recollections
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