“Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”Charlie Parker
“The next tune we’re gonna play is so new it doesn’t even have a title.” This announcement, somewhat stereotypical at jazz sessions, seems to apply to the above pictures as well. When they were made, they did not have titles. I set out to capture certain situations, sometimes one picture led to the next, and it was only after I had the picture that I went looking for a title.
To ensure the coherence of a series not really organized by narrative in the strict sense, I went looking for compositions by some famous or favourite jazz players that more or less correspond with the respective photo (Wikipedia’s list of jazz standards was very helpful). The featured image is called Blue Train after a song by John Coltrane.
These pictures are part of a larger series. And since we are dealing with jazz, and jazz is mostly based on the twelve bar blues, the entire series has twelve pictures.
Tobias I loved this series. Really beautifully done.
Thank you, Sabrina! I am delighted you like it. These are close to my heart (I think that’s how you say it…)
This is an absolutely beautifully crafted series and a lot of feelings can be felt. I also can imagine the organic development of each scene as you piece things together one element at a time. I like how “jazz” is viewed broadly and the experience of more than the band/artist is highlighted such as the dancing couple. I do recall you’re a fan of jazz and that comes through. Such a delight as always Tobias!
Thank you, Janan! There were indeed many feelings involved here. Practicing an instrument can be frustrating and lonely. But music also brings people together – playing, dancing, listening. That’s something I really like … „let the good times roll!“ I am glad you enjoyed this series. As always, that means a lot to me.