Jazz in Black and White: The Photographs of Duncan Schiedt


"Looking at these beautiful photos evokes a warm remembrance of times gone by.
Many of the musicians were friends of mine, and thinking of the lives of these great men and women,
devoted to their art, reminds me of the fine jazz they played. The short biography of each musician,
like a mini–jazz history, serves to illuminate lives that were filled with music, which still ...

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"Looking at these beautiful photos evokes a warm remembrance of times gone by.
Many of the musicians were friends of mine, and thinking of the lives of these great men and women,
devoted to their art, reminds me of the fine jazz they played. The short biography of each musician,
like a mini–jazz history, serves to illuminate lives that were filled with music, which still echoes in our hearts and minds." —Marian McPartland, host of NPR’s Piano

Jazz in Black and White collects Duncan Schiedt’s classic black-and-white photographs of some of the world’s most famous jazz musicians. Each photograph is introduced by a brief biographical summary of the artist, along with a memoir about the photograph’s creation that gives the reader a sense of "having been there."
Included are Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wes
Montgomery, Mary Lou Williams, Lester Young, and Thelonious Monk.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Schiedt exposed his first roll of film in 1939, when he aimed his Argus at Benny Goodman from the fifth row of New York's Paramount Theater. Since then, he has written books on music and presented his photographs in magazines, books and films, including Ken Burns's PBS documentary Jazz. This showcase arranges 80 b&w pictures of jazz musicians (dating from the 1950s to today) into an attractive package, sleek and glossy. A brief bio faces each photo, along with Schiedt's anecdotal memories of musicians and venues. Schiedt shot in b&w because, he writes, "Jazz is a black and white music. Its range, from blinding brilliance to deepest shadings, seems to demand the drama that black and white can so easily provide." In these pages, jazz greats emerge from the silky shadows, among them Satchmo, Bird, Miles, Monk and Coltrane. Schiedt arrays the images stylistically, beginning with early jazz legends (Sidney Bechet), followed by figures from the Swing Era (Bobby Hackett), pianists (Erroll Garner), modern jazz artists (Wes Montgomery) and younger talents (Michiko Ogawa). Vinyl vocalists (Joe Williams, Anita O'Day) bring the set to a close, but Schiedt adds a concluding coda on producers (George Avakian) and writers (Nat Hentoff). As pianist Marian McPartland notes, the book "evokes a warm remembrance of times gone by." (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253344007
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Duncan Schiedt has photographed jazz musicians for 60 years. He is the author of several books, including The Jazz State of Indiana and Twelve Lives in Jazz, and is co-author with Ed Kirkeby and Sinclair Traill of "Ain’t Misbehavin’": The Story of Fats
Waller. Schiedt’s original and archival photographs were featured in Ken Burns’s landmark PBS series Jazz, and his work has appeared in international art exhibits and publications worldwide. He lives in Pittsboro, Indiana.

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Table of Contents

Schiedt, Jazz in Black and White: The Photographs of Duncan
Frontispiece: Louis Armstrong, 1963
Lionel Hampton and
Benny Goodman, 1939
1. Louis Armstrong, 1950
Willie "The
Lion" Smith, Louis Armstrong, and Count Basie, 1950
Eddie Condon and Louis Armstrong,
2. Sidney Bechet, ca. 1949-50
3. Willie "The Lion" Smith,
4. W.C. Handy, 1950
5. Francis "Scrapper" Blackwell, 1960
6. Muggsy
Spanier and George Brunis, [year?]
7. Joe Venuti (with Max Kaminsky, background),
8. Stephane Grappelli, 1987
9. Jack Teagarden, 1950
10. Adolphus
"Doc" Cheatham, 1993
11. Eddie Condon, 1971
12. Bobby Hackett, 1961
Bill Davison and Bobby Hackett, ca. 1949-50
13. Pee Wee Russell, 1959
George Van Eps, 1986
15. Eddie Miller, 1986
16. Sam Price and Henry "Red" Allen,
Henry "Red" Allen, [year?]
17. Oran "Hot Lips" Page,
18. Johnny Hodges, 1961
19. Harry Carney and Lawrence Brown,
20. Lester Young, 1957
21. Helen Humes and Jimmy Rushing, 1959
Bob Haggart, 1986
23. Art Tatum, 1950
24. Arvell Shaw, 1961
25. Joe
Wilder, 1992
26. Jonah Jones, 1962
27. Gerry Mulligan with Coleman Hawkins,
28. Zoot Sims, 1957
29. Jake Hanna, 1996
30. Barney Kessel,
31. Charlie Byrd, 1961
32. Mary Lou Williams, 1949
33. Marian
McPartland, 1961
34. Erroll Garner, 1957
35. Conte Candoli, 1990
Candoli, Conte Candoli, [year?]
36. Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie,
37. Thelonious Monk, 1959
38. Lennie Tristano and George Shearing,
39. Yusef Lateef, 1961
40. Horace Silver, 1962
41. Junior Mance,
42. Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown, 1965
43. Wes Montgomery, 1959
Keter Betts, 1996
45. Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, 1959
46. Miles Davis,
47. The John Coltrane Quartet (left to right): McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Jimmy
Garrison, and Elvin Jones, 1962
48. Elvin Jones, 1962
49. Randy Reinhart, Bobby
Gordon, and John Sheridan, 2000
50. Marty Grosz, ca. 1999
51. Dick Wellstood,
52. Scott Hamilton, 1990
53. Paul Bacon, 1994
54. Dave Frishberg,
55. Dan Levinson and Dan Barrett, 1998
56. Howard Alden, 1986
Michiko Ogawa, 2000
58. Joe Williams, 1998
59. Anita O'Day, 1985
Bobby Short, 1996
61. John Hammond, 1974
62. George Avakian, 1997
63. Nat
Hentoff, 2001
64. Dan Morgenstern, [year?]
Epilogue: "A Case for the

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