Jazz Town is a 7x7 inch book with 17 photographs of well know jazz musicians spread over 40 pages. The photographs are mostly black & white though there are some in color. Jazz Town includes photographs of Ohio-born trumpet greats such as Sean Jones and Dominick Farinacci and international stars such as Cuban pianist Chucho Valdes
The photographs displayed in the book have been selected from Lonnie Timmons III's growing collection of images from concerts at Nighttown located in Cleveland Heights as part of a decades long jazz photography project.
Lonnie Timmons III started photographing jazz musicians in 1988 soon after he bought his first jazz album, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue. That ground-breaking recording was a beautiful blend of melody and experimentation, that is reflected in Timmons' photographs. He was attracted to jazz music because of its' emotions and started photographing jazz musicians to document their art. The first group that he photographed was the Art Ensemble of Chicago, an avant-garde jazz ensemble. He has photographed hundreds of jazz musicians from Roy Hargrove early in his career to legends such as Sonny Rollins. What stands out in these "jazz photographs" is the combination of light, composition and timing that Timmons uses to create a singular image. Timmons has worked for major metropolitan newspapers around the country, and has been published in prestigious jazz magazines such as Swing Journal and Jazziz.
jazz Published November 21, 2010