Desert Island Jazz
Lee Tanner (2004)

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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.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 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Luxury Item A copy of his own unpublished book, "Images of Jazz Photography"
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Melissa Aldana
11 Mar
Ron E. Beck
29 Apr
Pascal Bokar
07 Oct
Shanna Carlson
18 Mar
Sara Caswell
25 Mar
Carlos D'l Puerto
22 Jul
Kellye Gray
15 Jul
David Hart
04 Nov
Bruce Jenkins
09 Dec
Ellen Johnson
17 Jun
Steffen Kuehn
02 Dec
Paul McCandless
08 Jul
Allison Miller
15 Apr
Melissa Morgan
29 Jul
Linda Oh
05 Aug
Dafnis Prieto
24 Jun
Jim Pugh
30 Sep
Fred Randolph
05 Feb
Harvie S
03 Jun
Jake Shapiro
10 Jun
Marcus Shelby
15 Jan
Bria Skonberg
04 Mar
Mark Soskin
20 May
Leslie Stoval
19 Aug
John Stowell
08 Apr
Toots Thielemans
02 Sep
Roseanna Vitro
26 Feb
Paul VornHagen
14 Oct
Don Was
12 Aug
Danielle Wertz
27 May
Howard Wiley
28 Oct