William Claxton Portrait Photograph - George Williams Brass Band, New Orleans (Ebony Lounge)
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William Claxton
George Williams Brass Band, New Orleans (Ebony Lounge)

1960

About

"George Williams Brass Band by the Ebony Lounge" is one of four photographs by William Claxton issued as part of Taschen's deluxe edition of Jazzlife. The limited art edition of 1,000 ultrachrome prints is signed and numbered. Take a jazz trip like no other on Joachim Berendt and William Claxton’s legendary photographic journey through the concert halls, side streets, and big bands of 1960s America. From coast to coast, it is a stunning tribute to a uniquely American art form. The photographs of William Claxton define the essence of cool -- his stunningly intimate images of icons like Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker and Bob Dylan combine technical innovation and an unerring sense of the moment to forge a singular aesthetic he defined as "jazz for the eyes." Born in Pasadena, CA on Oct. 12, 1927, Claxton was the product of a musical household -- his mother was a semi-professional singer and his father avidly collected big-band records, but while he studied piano as a child, he found he had no patience for learning to play. Instead Claxton gravitated toward photography -- by age 12, he regularly took the bus to downtown Los Angeles to attend jazz performances at the Orpheum Theatre, armed with his Brownie box camera and wearing his father's suit to avoid questions about his age. His earliest subjects included jazz icons Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker, the latter photographed during an impromptu breakfast-time shoot at the Claxton family's La Cañada Flintridge home.

Details

  • Artist
    William Claxton (1927, American)
  • Creation Year
    1960
  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 11 in. x W 14 in.H 27.94 cm x W 35.56 cm
  • Gallery Location
    New Orleans, LA
  • Reference Number
    LU84133732311
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