|Lee Tanner (2004)|
|Lee Tanner began using a camera as a teenager in New York City. An avid jazz fan from the age of eight and inspired by the jazz photography of Gjon Mili, Bill Claxton, Herb Snitzer, and Herman Leonard, he turned to documenting the jazz scene with a love for the music comparable only to his creative drive for visual expression. Photography, however, was only an avocation.
After graduation from college and a short tour in the U. S. Army, Tanner undertook scientific graduate studies leading to a career in metallurgical research. His career in science proceeded in parallel with the photography of jazz musicians for more than 40 years. Tanner scientific work involved frequent travel and he took every opportunity to capture the jazz scene on film in all the cities he visited in the U. S. and Europe. While living in Boston in the 60s, Tanner turned to video presentation,. producing a live,impromptu music series entitled MIXED BAG on the PBS channel WGBH. Downbeat was the first magazine to publish Tanner's work in 1958 and later his pictures appeared on the pages of many other journals including Rolling Stone, Jazz Magazine (Paris), Jazz Times, American Photo and Popular Photography. They also graced the jackets for LP and CD records produced by Atlantic, Sony/Columbia, Verve, Fantasy, Rhino and Prestige.
|# 1||Charlie Christian with Buck Clayton, Benny Goodman, Lester Young and Count Basie||Solo Flight: Charlie Christian with the Benny Goodman Sextet||Lester's Dream||(Vintage Jazz Classics)|
|# 2||Coleman Hawkins||Rainbow Mist||Disorder at the Border||(Delmark)|
|# 3||Red Norvo with Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, Slam Stewart and J.C. Heard||Fabulous Jam Session||Conco Blues||(Stash)|
|# 4||Nat Cole and Buddy Rich with Charlie Shavers||Anatomy of a Jam Session||Laguna Leap||(Black Lion)|
|# 5||Woody Herman and His Orchestra||The V-Disc Years, Vols 1 & 2, 1944-46||Meshugah||(Hep)|
|# 6||Fats Navarro, Bill Harris, Charlie Ventura, Allan Eager, Ralph Burn, Chubby Jackson and Buddy Rich||Saturday Night Swing Session||Sweet Georgia Brown||(OJC)|
|# 7||Woody Herman and His Orchestra||California Concerts, 1949 (CD shared with Nat "King" Cole)||More Moon||(Encore)|
|# 8||The Gerry Mulligan Concert Band featuring Zoot Sims||Zurich 1960||Apple Core||(TCB)|
|Book||Bill Crow, "From Birdland to Broadway", or "Jazz Anecdotes"|
|Luxury Item||A copy of his own unpublished book, "Images of Jazz Photography"|
Ron E. Beck