Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival

Jim Marshall is the founding father of jazz photography

Published for the first time, Jim Marshall’s photographs of jazz festivals from the 1960s capture icons including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. Jazz Festival is a missing piece of history for any serious jazz collector.

The book’s image were taken at festivals at Newport and Monterey. They perfectly capture the atmosphere of those summer days, as well as the fashion and culture of the jazz scene.

As the author Graham Marsh writes: “In the 1960s, when it came to jazz, style was part of the equation in both clothes and attitude. At Monterey and Newport black culture was openly embraced and integrated audiences were the norm. Nobody cared – as long as you looked sharp and dug the music... It was dressing fine and making time.”

Jim Marshall, who passed away in 2010, is known as the father of music photography for rock’n’roll, country, folk, blues and jazz. In 2014, he became the only photographer ever to be honoured by the Grammys with a Trustees Award for his life’s work.