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We asked contributors Albert Brooks, Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk for their favorite photos of 2009 ...


Joshua Redman
January 23, 2009, The Egg, Albany, NY.

"Joshua in a burningly hot concert with his double trio, including Brian Blade, Larry Grenadier, Reuben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson. I think this picture captures the intensity of that night."

Luis Bonilla, May 30, 2009, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY, with the Arturo O'Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

"This picture, with its sense of motion, evokes for me Bonilla's heavily rhythmic playing."

Steve Davis, September 11, 2009, A Place for Jazz at the Whisperdome, Unitarian Church, Schenectady, NY, with the Eric Alexander Quintet.

"In contrast to the Bonilla photo above, this one reminded me of Davis' warm, lyrical tone."

Rich Syracuse, September 12, 2009, The Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, with the Lee Shaw Trio.

"Rich is a very expressive player, both musically and physically as witnessed by this picture."

Billy Harper, September 19 - 20, Lake George Jazz Weekend, Lake George, NY, with the Steve Turre Quintet.

"Billy so hip, dapper and cool in the photo absolutely killed on the set with his playing!"


Mike Bisio with the Splatto Festival Chorus- Sanctuary for Independent Media Troy, NY 2/28/09
Jimmy Owens and Jazz Mobile - Central Park Schenectady, NY 8/2/09
Lizz Wright - Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Albany, NY 9/12/09
Samuel Landes and Dave Brubeck - Colonial Theater Pittsfield, MA 10/17/09
Dave Solazzo, Lou Smaldone with Sketches of Influence - Bread and Jam Cafe Cohoes, NY 11/13/09


Harold Maburn with Eric Alexander's group @ Skidmore as part of the Saratoga Arts Festival, 06-13-09

"The photo captures a smiling and deeply admiring Maburn by his instrument watching Eric Alexander soloing unaccompanied."

Wallace Rooney, SPAC Jazz Festival, 06-27-09

"Rooney conveys power and mastery of his instrument while soloing."

Keith Pray, Big Soul Review, Lark Tavern, August 2009

"I had the great honor to be asked by Keith Prey to document the Big Band for an upcoming recording project. The five times I photographed the ensemble last summer endeared me to the greatness of the group and the individual talents of the musicians and composers involved."

Kat Edmonson and John Ellis, Tangelwood, 09-06-09

"Kat's singing simply blew me away with it's grace, silky tone, execution and she's cute as hell to boot! Ellis is one of the rising voices in jazz. A monster in his own right!"

Dick Oatts, Village Vangard Orchestra, Tangelwood, 09-06-09

"Dick Oatts is and incredible saxophonist. I first met and photographed him over 20 years ago playing with trumpet legend Red Rodney. He's just as intense now as he was then."