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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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I provided DC Jazz Festival photos to DownBeat magazine that were used on their web edition. These included the Art Ensemble mural project that artist Bill Warrell created based on my photographs. Visitors were invited to draw on the mural. The second photo is an update of progress on the mural, which continued after the festival. Click on the images to see the Downbeat slide show, including Steve Coleman and a Kennedy Center tribute to the Howard University Jazz Program.

Some of the Art Ensemble photos were also on exhibit during the festival and those, as well as many 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 to see the web gallery.

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

DownBeat magazine used one of my photos online of Hamiet Bluiett and Bob Stewart

I also photographed Wadad Leo Smith for DownBeat's print edition, plus enjoyed and photographed Kidd Jordan, Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Rob Brown, Dave Liebman, 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, William Hooker, Mike Reed and so many more plus Poets, Dancers and other Visual Artists!


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.

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It is unlawful and not nice to reproduce these images without the express permission of the copyright holder.



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