PREVIEW: Two London Exhibitions of Photography by William Ellis (Cadogan Hall and Omnibus Clapham, 16-26 November)

Roy Hargrove at the Brecon Jazz Festival,2008 (*)
Photo credit and © William Ellis

Sebastian writes:

One of our regular contributors – music photographer William Ellis is presenting two exhibitions which run during the EFG London Jazz Festival. They focus on two distinctly different aspects of his work. He has an exhibition of photographs from his “One LP” project in which artists are photographed with an album which has been signifcant to them, at Cadogan Hall. There is also an exhibition of his jazz photography entitled Miles and Beyond at Omnibus Theatre in ClaphamWilliam has provided the remainder of the explanation of the two shows. He also pays tribute to Roy Hargrove(*):

Sheila Jordan : at home New York City, 2014
Record: Charlie Parker’s Now’s the Time
Photo credit and © William Ellis


One LP

One LP is a unique and critically acclaimed portrait photography project that explores the inspirational qualities of jazz recordings and the impact that they have on people’s lives. Each portrait features the subject holding a recording that is of fundamental importance to them. The photograph is accompanied by a short interview that explores the meaning and value of the selected album.

The exhibition consists of around 50 portraits from the ongoing project. The artists range from innovators whose provenance reaches back to the birth of the jazz genre and moves through to those at the cutting edge of contemporary composition and performance. Including Al Jarreau, Annie Ross, Benny Golson, Chris Barber, Gary Crosby, Gregory Porter, Jimmy Heath, Marcus Miller, Norma Winstone, Robert Glasper, Terri Lyne Carrington, Tierney Sutton and Ron Carter.

Commenced in 2010 the musicians have been photographed at home, in venues and hotels throughout the UK, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Kansas City MO.

The premiere exhibition was hosted by the ARChive of Contemporary Music in New York,

“British photographer William Ellis is perhaps best known for his impeccable photos of jazz musicians. Now his One LP Project comes to New York. Truly cool interactive exhibits like this don’t come around too often” – Time Out New York

Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Terrace, Belgravia, London SW1X 9DQ
16th – 26th November. Opening times – contact venue, 020 7730 4500

LINKS: OneLP website 
Cadogan Hall


Miles and Beyond: Jazz Photographs

A collection of black and white portraits and performance photographs dating from 1989. This is music on a chink of light – including – Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Kurt Elling, Miles Davis, Nancy Wilson, Omara Portuondo, Roy Hargrove and Stan Tracey

“There is a unifying thread to Ellis’ work, whether it be a performance shot in a club, a concert hall or festival, or a portrait of the musicians he so admires; that common denominator is intimacy. Action shots, per se, are not what he’s about. Many of the subjects of Ellis’ photography are captured, revealing a softer, more vulnerable side to their often larger-than-life personas on stage. “ Ian Patterson, allaboutjazz

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, London SW4 0QW
16th – 26th November. Opening times – contact venue, 020 7498 4699

LINKS: William Ellis website
Omnibus Theatre website

William Ellis remembers Roy Hargrove (*)

The first time I saw Roy Hargrove was at City Hall Glasgow in 1992 where he and his young band entranced the audience – scintillating, utter brilliance. I heard him play a number of times after – he was always on top form whether in a small group or big band setting in Brecon, Havana and Wigan. The last time I saw Roy was at the Blue Note in New York when I invited him to be included in the One LP Project. “Sure – later” was his reply, said with a little smile, then made his way downstairs to the stage.

We both knew ‘later’ did not relate to that evening, but to another time we thought we’d share.

We love you and miss you madly Roy.

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