The Vision Festival

I haven't regularly updated this page, but have continued to enjoy and photograph Vision Festivals and offer sporadic content. See you at the next one.

The 2017 Vision Festival will be held from May 29 to June 3, 2017, Celebrating A Lifetime of Achievement of Cooper-Moore and will also be held at Judson Memorial Church. Highlights will include Andrew Cyrille, David Murray, Joe McPhee, Charles Gayle, Odean Pope, Miya Masaoka, Darius Jones, Farmers by Nature, Nicole Mitchell, Joelle Leandre, Tomas Fujiwara Double Trio, Tomeka Reid, Matthew Shipp, Oliver Lake, BassDrumBone, Oluyemi Thomas, Hamid Drake, and more!



I attended four nights of VISION 21 - The VISION FESTIVAL in mid-June 2016 at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, NYC





It was a great festival, in addition to Connie Crothers, Kidd Jordan, Mike Reed, Wadada Leo Smith, and Cooper Moore, (above) I also photographed and enjoyed Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Rob Brown, Dave Liebman, Jason Kao Hwang , Fay Victor, Reggie Nicholson , Matthew Shipp, Dave Liebman, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Burrell, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, and so many more plus Poets, dancers and other Visual Artists!



The 2015 Vision Festival in NYC 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 Vision Festival 19 in June 2014 celebrated Charles Gayle for his Lifetime of Achievement and also honored artist Jeff Schlanger, the Music Witness..





The VISION FESTIVAL - XVI took place Monday, June 6th through Sunday, June 12th, 2011.
Peter Brötzmann was honored with a Lifetime of Achievement Award, and presented a Billy Bang Tribute.
This is always the best week of AvantJazz that ocurrs in the U.S. I was pleased to exhibit my photos of Peter Brotzmann and Billy Bang.






Vision Festival XV in June 2010 celebrated a lifetime of achievement by Muhal Richard Abrams on an evening with an emotional Muhal solo performance dedicated to Fred Anderson, who was scheduled to appear that night, but had passed away that morning in a Chicago hospital.



For more information, see the Vision Festival website.



The 2009 Vision Festival in New York City, June 9-15, honored a lifetime of achievement by Marshall Allen.
The festival included an exhibit of my photographs with Marshall and his colleagues as the subjects.

Marshall Allen Photo Exhibit

Click HERE to link to a NEW page with an exhibit of my Marshall Allen photographs,
which were featured in the Signal To Noise magazine.

Marshall Allen, Oct. 2003 Marshall Allen, Oct. 1986

After the outstanding Sun Ra Arkestra set, all the musicians were called to the stage for a group photo:





In 2008, the Vision Festival honored the musical achievements of Edward "Kidd" Jordan. I was pleased to be able to present a digital projection of photos of my friend Kidd. I have converted the slideshow for viewing on a new page and have added more images, including those from the 2008 Vision Festival and beyond.

Kidd Jordan Photo Exhibit

Click HERE to link to a NEW page with the slideshow exhibit of my Kidd Jordan photographs.



Vision Festival XII took place June 19 through June 24, 2007.
It featured a Lifetime Recognition of Bill Dixon and a Tribute to Leroy Jenkins.

An exhibit of my photographs, A Photo Tribute to the Creative Improvised Music Masters, was included among the festival's visual art presentations. The Vision Festival has been the most significant American supporter of "avant-jazz" and a number of the photos were taken at previous festivals.

Exhibit Montage, 2007 Vision Festival XII.



The 2006 festival honored Sam Rivers.

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Sam Rivers
Studi Rivbea, 1973 and Washington, DC, 1990



In 2005, I exhibited a photo retrospective of the festival at that year's anniversary event. I have photographed all but the first festival in 1996.

Photos From Various Vision Festivals

William Parker at the Vision Festival, 2000
William Parker
Joe Morris at the Vision Festival, 1997
Joe Morris
Joe McPhee at the Vision Festival, 1998
Joe McPhee
Joseph Jarman at the Vision Festival, 1998
Joseph Jarman
Davis S. Ware at the 1997 Vision Festival
David S. Ware
Kidd Jordan at the Vision Festival, 1999
Kidd Jordan
Jaki Byard at the Vision Festival, 1998
Jaki Byard
Alan Silva at the Vision Festival, 1999
Alan Silva
regie Workman at the Vision Festival
Reggie Workman
Cooper Moore at the Vision Festival
Cooper Moore
Glenn Spearman at the Vision Festival
Glenn Spearman
Mat Maneri at the Vision Festival
Mat Maneri
Matthew Shipp at the Vision Festival
Matthew Shipp
Peter Kowald at the Vision Festival
Peter Kowald
John Zorn at the Vision Festival
John Zorn
Sabir Mateen at the Vision Festival
Sabir Mateen




The 2004 9th Vision Festival included an exhibit of my photos dedicated to jazz bassists. The festival tribute was dedicated to Peter Kowald and Wilber Morris, two bassists who had passed on in 2003.

Michael at 2004 photo exhibit
Michael at 2004 photo exhibit



The 2003 8th Vision Festival also took place at the Center. It featured approximately 150 artists in 30 different performing groups over the six days of the Festival. The annual Memorial Day tribute concert was dedicated to the music of Jeanne Lee.



The 2002 Vision Festival was longer and ran from May 23 to June 8. The Memorial Day concert was a celebration of the music of Don Cherry Tribute, including Dewey Redman, Pyramid Trio (Roy Campbell, William Parker, and Hamid Drake), Jayne Cortez, and Frank Lowe.

Other artists on the very impressive 2002 schedule included Joseph Jarman, Milford Graves, Kidd Jordan, Fred Anderson, Billy Bang, Joe Morris, Jemeel Moondoc, Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre, Ellen Christi, Matthew Shipp, Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, Other Dimensions in Music, Oliver Lake, David S. Ware, Patricia Nichoson, Wadada Leo Smith, Karen Borca, Rob Brown, Christine Coppola, Doglas Ewart, Joelle Leandre, Peter Kowald, Daniel Carter, Marty Ehrlich, Sunny Murray, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, and many many more. Plus dancers, poets, and visual atists; all united in a "A Vision Against Violence".

The festival is presented by Arts for Art, an artist initiated, artist run organization dedicated to building awareness and understanding of avant-garde jazz and related expressive movements, the aesthetic of which is based on a disciplined disregard for traditional boundaries. Principal activities are the presentation of cutting edge music and multi-discipline performances, the exhibition of visual arts installations, and the organization of outreach programs. All presentations bring the arts together, not only for the health and creativity of the artforms themselves, but for the audiences as well.



The 2000 festival included a photo exhibit on "Avantjazz"- including my work. It was great participating!

Vision Festival-Lobby Exhibit




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