Chicago Jazz Festival ’13, in Marc PoKempner’s photos

Photo-journalist Marc PoKempner, a long-time collaborator and one of my bffs, has a clear eye as well as a sharp ear for music. He captured some of the diversity and vigor of the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, August 28 – Sept 1  2013.

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Drummer Hamid Drake, Artist-in-Residence, 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

Taylor Moore's timbales solo

Taylor Moore’s timbales solo
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

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Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins @ Norman’s Room 43, Chicago Club Tour — Dig the night light
(photo by Marc PoKempner)


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Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak Quartet on the Jumbotron: Dave Fiuczynski gtr, Francois Mouton bass, Dan Weiss drums
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

Rudresh expresses appreciation of the crowd

Rudresh expresses appreciation of the crowd
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

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Gamak takes a bow: Dave Fiuczynski, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Francois Mouton, Dan Weiss
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

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Pianist Jason Moran wears Fats Waller head while vamping for dancers
(photo by Marc PoKempner)


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Casey Benjamin, vocoder, with Robert Glasper Experiment
(photo by Marc PoKempner)


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Donald Harrison leads New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians for Chicago Jazz Fest finale (photo by Marc PoKempner)


Alto saxophonist Harrison, sitting in with trumpeter/sax/flusit Ira Sullivan and pianist Willie Pickens (sorry -- bassist?)

Alto saxophonist Harrison, sitting in with saxophonist/trumpeter/flutist Ira Sullivan and pianist Willie Pickens, bassist Dennis Carroll (and the ghost musician?)
(photo by Marc PoKempner)

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Kidd Jordan, saxophonist, and Hamid Drake, from behind
(photo by Marc PoKempner)



Marc knows what he likes: Irresistible dance music and genuinely moving what-have-you. It’s always fun to ride with him, looking and listening.

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