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Saturday, 29 December 2012 18:24

Best D.C. jazz photography of 2012

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While I had the pleasure of doing some portrait and event work and exhibited my safari photo collection this year, 2012 was unquestionably dominated by live jazz for me.

Since the end of May, I've had the distinct pleasure of shooting more than twenty-five gigs and publishing more than 570 photos from local D.C. jazz shows. Here are twenty-two photos of live jazz in the District from 2012, numbered and presented not by preference but in chronological order:

1. WILLIAM KNOWLES, PIANO
Kent Miller Quartet, HR-57, 5/26/2012

William Knowles, piano with Kent Miller Quartet at HR-57

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2. COREY WALLACE, TROMBONE
Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Bohemian Caverns, 6/4/2012

Corey Wallace, trombone with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra at Bohemian Caverns

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3. RODNEY RICHARDSON, GUITAR
Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Bohemian Caverns, 6/4/2012

Rodney Richardson, guitar with Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra at Bohemian Caverns

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4. KIYEM ADE, VOCALS AND RON SUTTON JR., SAXOPHONE
Kiyem Ade Sextet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/5/2012

Kiyem Ade, vocals and Ron Sutton Jr., saxophone with Kiyem Ade Sextet at Bohemian Caverns

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5. DONVONTE MCCOY, TRUMPET
Kiyem Ade Sextet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/5/2012

Donvonte McCoy, trumpet with Kiyem Ade Sextet at Bohemian Caverns

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6. MARCUS STRICKLAND, SAXOPHONE
Marcus Strickland Quartet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/8/2012

Serenading a silhouette: Marcus Strickland on saxophone at Bohemian Caverns with Marcus Strickland Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

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7. MARCUS STRICKLAND, SAXOPHONE
Marcus Strickland Quartet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/8/2012

Marcus Strickland, saxophone and Justin Faulkner, drums with Marcus Strickland Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

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8. DEZRON DOUGLAS, BASS AND DAVID VIRELLES, PIANO
Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/22/2012

Dezron Douglas, bass and David Virelles, piano with Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

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9. E.J. STRICKLAND, DRUMS
Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/22/2012

E.J. Strickland, drums with Ravi Coltrane Quartet at Bohemian Caverns

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10. REGINALD CYNTJE, TROMBONE
Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet, Twins Jazz, 6/9/2012

Shining light: Reginald Cyntje on trombone at Twins Jazz with Kenny Rittenhouse Quintet at Twins Jazz

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11. ELIJAH BALBED, SAXOPHONE
Elijah Balbed Quintet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/29/2012

Elijah Balbed, saxophone on his first gig as bandleader with Elijah Balbed Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

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12. KENNY RITTENHOUSE, TRUMPET
Elijah Balbed Quintet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/29/2012

Blow, Kenny, blow!: Rittenhouse on trumpet with Elijah Balbed Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

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13. ALLYN JOHNSON, PIANO
Elijah Balbed Quintet, Bohemian Caverns, 6/29/2012

Allyn Johnson solos on piano while Elijah Balbed and Kenny Rittenhouse look on with Elijah Balbed Quintet at Bohemian Caverns

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14. BOBBY MIUNCY, SAXOPHONE WITH KEVIN PACE, BASS
Bobby Muncy Quintet, Twins Jazz, 7/8/2012

Bobby Muncy, saxophone with Kevin Pace, bass with Bobby Muncy Quintet at Twins Jazz