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Luxury Item A copy of his own unpublished book, "Images of Jazz Photography"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
Paul Anastasio
25 Sep
Macy Blackman
19 Jun
George Cole
21 Aug
Alex Condé
06 Mar
Kit Eakle
04 Sep
Phillip Greenlief
13 Feb
Tammy Hall
27 Feb
Alan Hall
22 May
Christian Howes
27 Mar
Kymberly Jackson
03 Apr
Julie Kelly
20 Feb
Maya Kronfeld and Valerie Troutt
29 May
Jennifer Lee
17 Apr
Steven Lugerner
24 Jul
Steve McQuarry
05 Jun
Dave Newhouse
14 Aug
Zack Rogow
24 Apr
Holli Ross
17 Jul
Ellen Seeling
02 Oct
Edward Simon
31 Jul
Steve Turré
07 Aug
Patrick Wolff
16 Jan