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Herman Leonard was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, in 1923. He moved to New York City in 1948 and opened his first studio in Greenwich Village, where he worked for Life, Esquire, and Playboy while recording the jazz scene. In 1989, Leonard settled in New Orleans, living there until Hurricane Katrina destroyed his home, studio, and print collection in 2005. He now lives and works in California. In 2008, Leonard was the recipient of a Lucie award-the photography world's equivalent of the Oscars―for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture, as well as the Grammy Foundation's first grant award to a photographer.
Reggie Nadelson, journalist and film-maker, is the author of eight novels. Her nonfiction book about Dean Reed, Comrade Rockstar, is being filmed by Tom Hanks and Dreamworks. She divides her time between London and New York.
Leslie Woodhead is a documentary film maker and lifelong jazz fanatic. He made the film Saving Jazz in New Orleans with Herman Leonard.
Amazing artistry of Herman's work does full justice to the jazz greats that were his subjects. Load up my old 78 RPM records and give me this book and I'll be set for the rest of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Walter W. Tuthill Jr.
excellent photos, artists seen in very relaxed and comfortable surrounding like seeing the people in real-life situationsPublished 4 months ago by edschulr
I bought it for my son loves jazz.He loves it.It was the perfect gift.The photography is awesome,he said.Published 11 months ago by Betty McMahon
beautiful book , beautiful photos ! very atmospheric photo , capture the spirit of the time. look at the photos and listening to jazz !Published on August 30, 2013 by Hrayr
The aphorism "a picture is worth a thousand words" is no more true than in the fabled history of jazz. Read morePublished on September 9, 2012 by Greg Michaels
We purchased this book as a guest book for a jazz themed party. We are going to have our guests sign in on different pages. Of course, we bought a copy just for us, as well. Read morePublished on September 6, 2011 by T. Satterlee
A jazz library cannot be complete without "Jazz" by Herman Leonard along with a volume of jazz photographs of Francis Wolff. Each photo tells its own story. Great stuff!Published on January 25, 2011 by rudybr