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On the Cover of Downbeat with Brain Blade and The Fellowship Band


My second Downbeat cover of the year was of Brian Blade and his Fellowship band. They played and Earshot jazz concert at the Seattle Art Museum and I had them in the studio for a portrait session the day before. They were wonderful to photograph and I loved hearing their music.
Brian is an exceptional musician.

Here are a couple of pictures from the concert.




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Living Magazine Cover

Perhaps this demonstration of convergence will be where we are going in the future of magazines. I do not know for sure but it is interesting to see what people like Alexx Henry is up to using state of the art high def cameras like the Canon 5D Mk II and the RED camera system.

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Photographer Alexx Henry and his team show you how a magazine might look in the not-so-distant future with the October cover and spread for Outside Magazine. The living portrait of the triathlete Chris Lieto is photographed using the revolutionary Red One cinema camera and the 5d Mark II, for a moving magazine that looks right out of a Harry Potter movie.

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Blue Angels Redux

Blue Angel pilots fly in a tight formation over Lake Washington on a hot summer day. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are back in Seattle again  performing their amazing air show routine in conjunction with Seattle’s annual Seafair celebrations. Some of their movements are astonishing to watch.

Photographs by Seattle Photographer Daniel Sheehan specializing in photojournalism, portraits for publications and corporations, and photojournalistic Seattle wedding photography.

Portrait of Robert Shiller


Robert Shiller, American economist, academic, and best-selling author was in town a little while ago and I was assigned to make a portrait of him. Shiller is the Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University and is a Fellow at the Yale International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management. But perhaps he is best know for writing on economic topics that range from behavioral finance to real estate to risk management. His insight led him to correctly predict the coming bursting of the last couple of bubbles our economy has suffered. His book Irrational Exuberance (2000) – a New York Times bestseller – warned that the stock market had become a bubble in March 2000 (the very height of the market top) which could lead to a sharp decline.
In CNBC’s “How to Profit from the Real Estate Boom” in 2005, he noted that housing price rises could not outstrip inflation in the long term because, except for land restricted sites, house prices would tend toward building costs plus normal economic profit. Meanwhile, co-panelist, David Lereah, continued to cheerlead. In February, Lereah had put out his book “Are You Missing the Real Estate Boom?” signaling the market top for housing prices. While Shiller repeated his precise timing again for another market bubble, because the general level of nationwide residential real estate prices do not reveal themselves until after a lag of about one year, people did not believe Shiller had called another top until late 2006 and early 2007.
His most recent book is (with George Akerlof): Animal Spirits, Princeton, 2009
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Cecil Taylor’s Socks

Cecil Taylor’s Socks as he performed at Town Hall Sunday Oct 26th

I photographed Cecil Taylor last night at Town Hall. He was appearing as part of the 2008 Earshot Jazz Festival. His music was sublime and transporting. it took me to a different universe. But what would bring me back to earth was looking at his socks as he played.

For more than half a century Taylor has pursued his own musical path with the utmost integrity and determination. Composing for and directing unique large ensembles, working in any number
of his well-established small groups, or performing in the solo piano setting which he has mastered, the consistent theme of Taylor’s storied life has been the extraordinary nature of his work.

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Photograph by editorial photographer Daniel Sheehan a photojournalist who specializes in portrait photography and photojournalism for publications and corporations. He is also a Seattle wedding photographer photographing weddings with a subtle, unobtrusive, story-telling approach creating artistic documentary photography ranking him as one of the best Seattle wedding photographers.


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Jazz Photography

Photographing jazz musicians is one of my editorial favorite subjects. I do a lot of it for Earshot Jazz a non profit organization that promote jazz in the Seattle area. Every year for about 3 weeks around the end of October and the 1st week in November they put on one of the best festivals in the country devoted to jazz.

I have been photographing it for them since 1997 and they use the photos for their monthly magazine “Earshot Jazz” and for the website and for posters promoting the festival. Here are a couple of photographs from the 2007 Earshot Jazz festival.

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David Sánchez played with his quartet at the Triple Door last October 25th during the Earshot Jazz Festival 2007. Here is an excerpt from Earshot Jazz Magazine.

David Sánchez commands a room, infusing

his huge tenor-saxophone tone with the musical passion of his native Puerto Rico. Specializing in jazz interpretations of mountainous works by Latin American composers, this Latin Grammy winner and his quartet exude palpable charisma and create music to remember every time.
“Technically, tonally, and creatively, he seems to have it all,” gushes jazz critic Howard Reich. “His sound is never less than plush, his pitch is unerring, his rapid-fire playing is ravishing in its combination
of speed, accuracy, and utter evenness of tone.”
Such ecstatic accolades follow Sánchez wherever he plays. After abandoning early efforts on the conga in favor of the tenor saxophone at age 12, he never looked back. Thanks to the enthusiastic endorsement of saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera, Dizzy Gillespie
invited Sánchez to join the United Nation Orchestra in 1990 and “Live the Future” tour – with South African singer extraordinaire Miriam Makeba – the next year.
Since then, Sánchez has toured and recorded with dozens of other stellar notables and produced sessions for Columbia Records, with which he has enjoyed a lasting relationship as a recording artist. After earning several Latin Grammy nominations, Sánchez released Coral, which took home the “Best Instrumental Album” in 2005. His most ambitiously reverential work to date, Coral documents Sánchez and the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra playing interpretations of masterworks by such Latin American luminaries as Antonio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Alberto Ginastera.
In his more intimate quartet, Sánchez folds Afro-Cuban rhythms into a mien of late-stage bebop and searing, trigger-happy solos. Newly signed to the resurging Concord Records, he came to Seattle with a growing legend that stands boldly on the cusp a fresh new chapter.

Jackie Terrasson
French pianist Jacky Terrasson has charmed audiences on both sides of the Atlantic since winning the Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition in 1993. Capable of summoning both cascades of fl urrying notes and delicate lullabies, with equal resonance, this burgeoning performer and composer has made his recording home with Blue Note Records since 1994. Terrasson’s newest album, a musical self portrait called Mirror, furthers his growing legend with a series of standards and originals that displays his elastic range as a soloist. But it wasn’t easy. “Musically, I like the fact that the music is entirely in my hands,” he says. “There is a tremendous sense of freedom, but that is precisely where this discipline is also a challenge. The feel, the time, rhythm, harmonies are all coming from one person.” Mirror refl ects both Terrasson’s own emotional palette and a range of musical sources. Quoting the licks from the theme songs of television’s Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood (“Everything Happens to Me”) and The Flintstones (“Juvenile”), the album also features works by Duke Ellington, Carole King, Ray Noble, and others. One of its most moving forays, though, comes in the yearning elegance of “America the Beautiful,” in which the Frenchman’s original vision treats the latent potency of that song’s melodies to newly enriched, robustly playful, and suspiciously reverent heights.

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Nachtwey’s Wish Revealed

A boy experiencing severe pain from TB meningitis is comforted by his mother at Svay Rieng Provincial Hospital, Svay Rieng, Cambodia. Family members provide much of the personal care at hospitals in the developing world. (© James Nachtwey/VII) 

Jim Nachtwey’s TED Prize wish was revealed today along with the powerful photographs and website that the TED organization has helped fund. Nachtwey has used the US$100,000 award from his 2007 TED Prize winnings to concentrate on shooting pictures of and increasing awareness about a form of tuberculosis described as “extremely drug-resistant” and has been given the name XDR-TB. Watch his 3′:43″ video on the site

More information from the site: “ is an extraordinary effort to tell the story of extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB) and TB through powerful photographs taken by James Nachtwey. XDR-TB, or extremely drug-resistant tuberculosis, is a new and deadly mutation of tuberculosis. Similar in creation to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) but more extreme in its manifestation, it arises when common tuberculosis goes untreated or standard TB drugs are misused. James’ photographs represent these varying strains. Learn more about TB, MDR-TB and XDR-TB, and learn how you can take action to stop this deadly disease.”

James Nachtwey