Monday, May 04, 2009

Monochrome Monday #31: Lakeside Jazz


"Ben Palmer - Susan Reeves Quartet"
Raleigh, NC - September 2005 (Click to embiggen)


One thing Raleigh has going for it -- if you know where to look -- is lots of free live music. At least during the summer months when outdoor performances are common. This show wasn't free, but the cost was negligible and for a couple of dollars you could enjoy an evening of jazz lakeside on the deck at Lake Johnson Park. This particular night the entertainment was provided by Susan Reeves, a tiny woman with a big voice. She'd just assembled her own ensemble that summer, and promptly lost her piano player to a teaching gig out west once the fall semester began. This was his final performance with the quartet. This is bassist Ben Palmer, who also plays with the Raleigh Jazz Orchestra as well as his own small band. For a time at least, he was also hosting an open mic night at Francesca's, a cafe in Durham. Busy guy.Violence UnSilenced
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16 comments:

Pagan Sphinx said...

Excellent monochrome.

Kitty said...

Such a classic shot. Brilliant!

James said...

Very nice photo. Sounds like a great time too.

The Explorer said...

nice photo

lisaschaos said...

Sounds great! We have some around here, I should get out and enjoy them. :)

Martha said...

Nice portrait, works well in monochrome.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Totally fabulous monochrome. You represent NC well. Acoustic music has been a large part of our history. Great photo!!!!

Marie Reed said...

I had to look thrice! At first I thought that he was wearing a really funny hat.... that the top of his instrument was actually part of his headgear:)

calonyddaear said...

I wonder if he was as amusing as bassists frequently are.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Excellent subject for a monochrome. Well done!

~Lisa
New Mexico, USA

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Wonderful picture, I wish I were there/ Tyra

Tyra’s MONOCHROME

Shadow said...

this looks like something from year gone by...

kden said...

Wonderful subject for mono.

Daryl said...

Perfect composition .. excellent monochrome

Bryan said...

It's always been amazing to me how musicians are so involved with their craft. I suppose many of them must be because of money, but usually it's quite obvious that they highly enjoy their profession.

Re:Re: latest musical post - Those lockers must be huge and definitely preferable to keeping a bass in a small dorm room. I lived with a violinist for a year, and between his music stand, instrument case, and other related stuff, there wasn't much room left to maneuver. A full string bass in a 150 square foot dorm room? Unimaginable.

Babooshka said...

Now this also sounds like my kind of place- Free Music, and this time a great example of an image that is a born mono. You're very intuitive.