Joshua White/Jeff Denson Project at 98 Bottles, 8/17/12

Johsua White Quartet at 98 Bottles 81712 © Michael Klayman-001

What a rare treat it is to see Dr. Jeff Denson, and co-leading a date with Joshua White! Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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A couple faces new to me are Walter Smith on saxophone and Dan Schnelle on drums.

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It was Joshua’s birthday concert too, putting him in an exuberant mood. I tried to capture some of the angular melodies and chromatic blurring into my own free composition in the black and white.

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Happy birthday Josh! You gave us the present this night. And I finally got to meet Ron Dhanifu!

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Styletones at Bar Pink, 8/17/12

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Arriving a bit late from 98 Bottles, the Styletones had the party in full swing at Bar Pink. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Stevie Harris is exactly the kind of frontman you want for a sweaty dance party, but it’s the horns that really do it for me.

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I was hanging out by the bass amp for most of the night, which was the perfect spot to hear Bill Thomas’ basslines. That man can groove.

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And the 2nd birthday boy of the night, Jake Najor, can too.

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I’m trying to integrate flash and ambient in a way that looks seamless. I don’t want my technique to show, just the energy of the music. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.
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Jazz Jam at Haritna Restaurant, 8/16/12


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5 minutes away from the Riviera is Haritna, a mediterranean restaurant where Bob Daniels hosts the Thursday night Jazz Jam. This is his profile, in courage.

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Just like me, Bob’s got more ideas rolling around in his head than he has an outlet for. I always enjoy reading his cultural critiques, even if I can’t always understand them.

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I got to hear some unfamiliar players to me which was cool. I got there at the very end, so I missed most of the players, but here’s the few I got.

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Some of the hosts, Dwight Love and Jay Jay Lim:

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Thunderstance at Riviera Supper Club, 8/16/12

Last Thursday night was my first night of doubleheaders. I knew I had to fortify myself with a big steak while Thunderstance played in the Turquoise room.

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My bass playing buddy Sean learned the setlist of soul jazz classics just before downbeat.

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It was great hearing a swinging mix of jazz, scofield, and funk.

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Speaking of steak, people do some horrible things to their steaks on the grill. Squishing it, cutting it open and grilling the inside, slathering it in sugary sauce which is just going to burn… Just leave it alone for 5 minutes a side on those underpowered grills and see how it looks. It’s easy.

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From there to a jazz jam close by. Click on a photo to go to the full gallery.

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Moosejaw, Rail Them To Death Group Shots at Casbah, 8/7/12

Moosejaw Group Shoot 80712 © Michael Klayman-001

Ziggy and his band Moosejaw were kind enough to sit still for me for a few minutes before their show. Ziggy is a stand-up guy and I’m proud to call him a friend.

Just as I finished up with them, Rail Them to Death finished their set and were unloading their equipment outside the doors. Hey Sal, turn the amps around and everybody stay right there. Some underlighting added interesting texture.

Rail Them to Death Group Shoot 80712 © Michael Klayman-001

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I’ve been trying to solve
the problem of too much ambient light during long exposures. I think
that it will be easier to just try for a balance between flash and
ambient when I can’t find a dark place close by. I can get to a 2-4
second exposure time to bring in some ambient to fill in the spaces that
a single flash pop can’t reach. I created a makeshift diffuser for the
flash out of a Fedex box, which increases the source size and wraps the
light around faces a little more.

I knew I had to find a different angle for them, but the illuminated sign right above them was giving me all kinds of flare, even when I removed the UV filter. I had to raise the tripod and shoot down to keep the flare out and their feet in. This is another reason why ultra wide lenses aren’t used in portraiture so much, they introduce perspective distortions which Lightroom can’t fix.

People in different areas of life experience something called “The Zone”. It’s that fleeting moment where everything comes together effortlessly. As a musician, there have been times on stage where I couldn’t play a wrong note. The music flowed through my hands, and I wouldn’t need to think about what to play, I just heard it happen as if I was another member of the audience.

It’s always interested me how the mind can get in the way of its own creativity. Think too hard about it and it’s not going to come out as well as if you just let it flow out.In the Zone, there is also a complete loss of ego. There is no me anymore, there is no you. There is just “this”. To focus so hard on one thing that everything falls away, even the notion of self, is not something I can sustain for very long. But to be that fully engaged in an activity is a special thing. Photography is another path to nirvana for me. Whatever is outside the frame does not exist.  There is no room for thought, just action and reaction. Know it so well you can forget it, then maybe you’ll start being creative. I get a little closer each time.

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