THE EYE OF PHOTOGRAPHY Features Roots of the Blues

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Junior Kimbrough – Holly Springs, Mississippi 1988

In the fall of 1988 and ’89, I made two trips to Arkansas and Mississippi with Robert Palmer, who was one of the country’s most respected writers and historians about the history of blues music. We were on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, and because of Bob’s contacts we had important access to numerous musicians in the area.

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THE OXFORD AMERICAN Features Roots of the Blues

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Junior Kimbrough’s House PartyHolly Springs, Mississippi  1988
 Between 1988 and ’89, I made two trips to Arkansas and Mississippi with Robert Palmer, who was one of the country’s most respected writers and historians about the history of blues music. We were on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, and because of Bob’s contacts we had important access to numerous musicians in the area. What became clear as we began our journey together, searching for the roots of the blues, was that the music is part of the Delta landscape and the people we encountered were carrying on an important tradition that spanned many decades. My goal was to visually depict their lives and their love of the musical tradition in which they lived.

My time on the road with Bob was very special. His unbridled excitement of all things Southern was infective. By day we drove to visit musicians in their homes and towns, and by night we visited blues clubs, juke joints, and house parties. Bob’s encyclopedic knowledge of the music and musicians made for an amazing journey.

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Edge of Humanity Magazine Features Roots of the Blues

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House Party at Junior Kimbrough’s – Holly Springs, Mississippi

A selection of photographs from Katzenstein’s project Roots of the Blues is being featured in the current issue of the online magazine Edge of Humanity.

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Elvis on Beale Street

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Elvis in Memphis #1

I just returned from a trip down South and grabbed some shots along Beale Street on the way to the airport. Elvis continues to rule.

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CUBA: The Conversation Continues

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Cuba The Conversatoin Continues

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Recorded in Havana 48 hours after President Obama announced his plan to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra’s “Cuba: The Conversation Continues” is a powerful statement, a juxtaposition of music and current events. A follow up to the Grammy-winning “The Offense of the Drum,” the new album builds upon the conversation started by Dizzy Gillespie and Cuban percussionist Chano Pozo – a musical dialogue that bridged the gap between jazz and Afro-Cuban music. O’Farrill brings top composers from both the U.S. and Cuba to create a dazzling musical tapestry, successfully fulfilling Dizzy s dream of creating ‘universal music’ .

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ALL MY JAZZ Opens in New York City

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David Katzenstein is pleased to announce the opening of his exhibition All My Jazz, an exhibition spanning over two decades of jazz photographs by David Katzenstein. These striking images will be on view in the Bar Thalia from October 20, 2014 to January 16, 2015. The opening reception on Wednesday, October 22 between 6-8pm will feature members of the Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, youth orchestra of the non-profit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance.

All My Jazz grew out of Katzenstein’s love of the musical idiom and his relationship over the years with some of the foremost artists in Jazz, including Branford Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Arturo O’Farrill. His decision to primarily document the scene in black and white is in keeping with a long tradition and adds a timelessness feel to the body of work.

To view online: All My Jazz

ALJA – Photographer in Residence

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In February Katzenstein was named Photographer in Residence for the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, the nonprofit organization established by jazz composed Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 to promote Afro Latin Jazz. The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is one of the premiere jazz orchestras in the world, performing regularly at Birdland in NYC on Sunday nights and in concert throughout the year.

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Regina Carter: Southern Comfort CD Release

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Katzenstein recently worked with Josh Cheuse at Sony Music on the new release by Jazz composer and violinist Regina Carter. They did a number of different types of shoots, as is evident in the great cover art created by Josh. Prior to the shoot date for the label Katzenstein documented an evening when Carter performed at Birdland in New York City.

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50/50: Indonesia

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When I got the assignment from a magazine to travel to Bali to spend two weeks documenting the culture through its rich history of music and dance I was ecstatic. After a long trip to get there I parked myself in a small guesthouse in Ubud, situated in the upland hills in the center of the island and surrounded by rivers and rice fields, away from the throngs of beach seekers that fly in daily and fill the tourist centers on the south coast. There was a lot to explore and one day I came across this scene of actors preparing for an outdoor midday concert of theatre, music and dance. The crowd was local and the participants were farmers on their lunch break.

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50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, Hungary, India

50/50: Ecuador

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Every year during the latter half of the month of June several major festivals are held in the Otavalo region of the country. I planned a trip to coincide with these events to work on my long-term project about ritual, and one afternoon I was traveling in a remote region of the district in search of festivities when I came across this scene. The entire small village was in the midst of a raucous ceremony that included music, dance and copious amounts of local brew in preparation for the ritual sacrifice of this hanging fowl.

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50/50: Argentina, Austria, Bhutan, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador

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