I’d be remiss if I failed to take notice of great jazz photographer Herb Snitzer‘s new book “Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir” (University Press of Mississippi). It’s a collection of beautiful, telling photos, mostly focused on his work in New York City between 1957 and 1964 for the magazine Metronome.
Herb will sign copies of the book, his sixth, during a reception this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Tampa Museum of Art. The exhibition of his work continues through May 15 at the museum, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. For more information, call (813) 274-8130 or visit the museum’s web site.
As noted by Amazon,”This book includes Snitzer’s very best jazz photographs. He reveals the essences of the artists, their struggles, joys, and pains. A number of Snitzer’s jazz images have become iconic, including Louis Armstrong with the Star of David, Lester Young at The Five Spot Café in New York City, John Coltrane reflected in a mirror, Thelonious Monk with piano keys reflected in his sunglasses, and Miles Davis at Newport. With eighty-five black and white images of jazz giants, Glorious Days and Nights provides a long-awaited testimony to the friendships and artistry that Snitzer developed over his remarkable career.”
I’ll be forever grateful to Herb for lending a quintessential portrait of Monk (above) to the CD project I produced several years ago, Monk in the Sun.