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Luxury Item A copy of his own unpublished book, "Images of Jazz Photography"
Castaways by date
Steve Adams
30 May
Cheryl Bentyne
17 Oct
Will Bernard
11 Apr
Barbara Borden
21 Mar
Jim Butler
13 Jun
Ian Carey
21 Feb
Judy Chaikin
17 Jan
Mike Clark
10 Oct
Freddy Cole
21 Nov
Beth Custer
01 Aug
Harry Duncan
03 Oct
Kai Eckhardt
03 Jan
Lisa Engelken
26 Sep
Don Friedman
07 Nov
Kimberly Gordon
28 Mar
Marty Grosz
29 Aug
Alex Hahn
08 Aug
Bill Holman
28 Feb
Tommy Igoe
07 Mar
Namita Kapoor
22 Aug
  Meklit
27 Jun
Lisa Mezzacappa
24 Oct
  Najee
25 Jul
Glenn Richman
15 Aug
Alfredo Rodriguez
25 Apr
Dan Sabanovich
02 May
Judy Wexler
04 Apr