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Welcome to the website of jazz photographer Michael Wilderman. Here are some
samples of my photos from the broad spectrum of music known as "jazz":

Image Map DeDe Pierce of Preservation Hall Benny Carter Roy Eldridge Benny Goodman Ella Fitzgerald Dizzy Gillespie Dexter Gordon Stan Getz Art Blakey Sonny Rollins Betty Carter Tito Puente

Image Map Miles Davis Charles Mingus Rahsaan Roland Kirk Cecil Taylor Ornette Coleman Sun Ra Pharoah Sanders World Saxophone Quartet Art Ensemble of Chicago William Parker

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In partnership with the 2016 DC Jazz Festival, Bill Warrell and I are creating a LIVE MURAL PROJECT (June 11,12,18 & 19 1-5 pm) celebrating the Art Ensemble of Chicago's historic 1982 "Full Force" concert in DC at the Old Pension Building (1982).

June 11-12 & June 18-19, Hours 1 - 5 PM
Blagden Alley, Washington, DC
Between M & N and 9th & 19th Streets, NE
(Across from the Convention Center)

Come view Bill's paintings and my photographs both weekends, but I'll be there during the second weekend only. Bill used my photos as the models for his montage to be painted on the garage door, as part of the outdoor Blagden Alley Museum. Those photos of the Art Ensemble, as well as others can be seen on the web gallery I created in tribute to the Art Ensemble and in collaboration with this project. Please click on the images.

VISION 21 - The VISION FESTIVAL starts Tuesday: June 7th - June 12th!
Tuesday's opener is a celebration Henry Grimes for his Lifetime of Achievement Judson Memorial Church - 55 Washington Square, NYC

Also presenting Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Rob Brown, Dave Liebman, Marc Ribot, Jen Shyu, Mat Maneri, Sun Ra Arkestra with Marshall Allen, Jason Kao Hwang , Hamiet Bluiett , Fay Victor, Reggie Nicholson , Matthew Shipp, Connie Crothers, Cooper-Moore, Wadada Leo Smith, Dave Liebman, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Burrell, Jemeel Moondoc, Geri Allen, Graham Haynes, Andrew Cyrille, William Hooker, Mike Reed and so many more plus Poets, Dancers and other Visual Artists! This is a special annual event that takes place here in NYC, bringing together creative music fans from around the world. Please support Vision Festival 21! Click HERE to see the entire schedule.

Scroll down to see photos from last year's Vision Festival.

See you there!


I have started using jAlbum software to create new photo albums. Using it, I just added a new album of my photographs of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and its members, and an album of photos taken in the 1970s at or concerts produced by Keystone Korner, San Francisco.
I also updated two existing galleries: the DC Jazz Scene and the CD Cover galleries:

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Album Index

I provided the cover photographs and design for The Question, A New Book by Joel Futterman. I also helped format and edit the text of this unique volume. Check it out.

Pianist Joel Futterman's creative energies have burst forth in this unusual and compelling volume. Joel's empathy for humanity is paramount. For a world with great economic disparities, and in social, political, and spiritual turmoil; Joel provides a series of dialogues of questions and parables that advance the search for inner and outer peace. The Question could be the answer.

The Question is available by direct purchase (click) from Joel's web site.


Jazz T-shirts with my photos have been unavailable since Gear, Ink. went out of business. But, a new company, Delta Haze, has taken over their production, and NOW the T-shirts are available. Click HERE for images and a link.

Need a photo of a jazz musician?
Please link to my PAGE LISTING MUSICIANS and others whom I have photographed.

Photo Sales - I have a PayPal Account with a Payment Link Established! Please link to my PAGE with info on photo availability.

The Sun Ra Arkestra made its second consequitive Halloween season appearance in Washington, DC on Octber 30th at Liv (the more open music space upstairs from the Bohemian Caverns). 91 year old Marshall Allen led the Arkestra is his usual fine fashion. In keeping with the season, Danny Thompson portrayed the bebop vampire, ala Philly Joe Jones.

Sun Ra Arkestra led by Marshall Alle, 10-30-2015 Danny Thompson, Sun Ra Arkestra, 10-30-2015

The brand new CD release by pianist Joel Futterman ia a two-CD set of 2014 solo recordings demonstrating Joel's multiple musical perspectives. I provided the photo/graphic and did the layout for the package.

Marc Medwin wrote:
If his Creation series is a compendium of his pianistic techniques, Reflection distills and augments them, documenting the continued development of a master technician, a probing intellect and a spirit whose adventurousness and creativity know no boundaries and who accepts only the freedom that comes from music born of dedication and created in the moment.

Reflection I & II

The Vision Festival in NYC in July celebrated the 20th Anniversary of VISION / The On-going Legacy of FreeJazz with great music, art, and dance. The six nights were bookended by the opening set of Douglas Ewart and Quasar and the closing set by Hamiet Bluiett's Telepathic Orchestra. Included in between were major musical offerings of William Parker's Martin Luther King Project Part 6: "Fire Flower" and Karl Berger's Improvisers Chamber Orchestra "The Sertso Suite," and much more.

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The site was established in 1997 on John Coltrane's birthday and was relocated to this domain in June 2001.

All images are copyright by Michael Wilderman/JazzVisionsPhotos.
It is unlawful and not nice to reproduce these images without the express permission of the copyright holder.



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