I've known Jeff for about 5 years now and he is anything but a hack, a passionately devoted jazz lover and photographer. You will rarely see a major (or minor) jazz event without Jeff, camera (or cameras) in hand.
Sound Images: A2 Jazz Fest 2018 photos by Jeff Dunn
The third annual A2 Jazz Fest wrapped up on Sunday and -- as often happens soon after Southeast Michigan music fests or concerts end -- Jeff Dunn uploaded dozens of great photos of the performers and shared them on his SmugMug page and the Facebook group Lifting Up A2 Jazz.
Dunn hasn't always been a concert photographer -- he only started snapping shows in 2012 or so -- but he's loved jazz for nearly 50 years.
"I've been a huge jazz fan and supporter since the early '70s," he says. "The first time I went to [Detroit's] Baker's Keyboard Lounge in 1973, I was hooked! I've been addicted to live jazz performances ever since."
Dunn got his jazz-photo start because of a musician friend.
"A good friend of mine in the New York area, bassist Martin Wind, asked me if I wanted to meet him in Rochester, New York, for a bassist convention," Dunn says. "I was thinking of buying a decent DLSR camera, so I decided to buy one before I went to the convention. And I've been doing it ever since."
Dunn says he learned a lot by photographing the Sunday jam sessions at Detroit's Jazz Café at Music Hall, but he still feels like a beginner.
"I'm retiring from Wayne State -- I'm a computer programmer/web developer -- in 2019," he says, "and one of the things I plan to do is take a photography class. I'm a total hack and have been completely winging it. So it will be nice to start doing things the right way and see if I can take better pictures."
As you can see from this selection of great shots from the 2018 A2 Jazz Fest, Dunn is anything but a hack, total or otherwise. To see more of his photos from the fest, visit jeffdunncom.smugmug.com/jazz.
Christopher Porter is a library technician and the editor of Pulp.
We've had some fun, Gregg!
I'm a musician in town, and we all love Jeff's photos. In addition to capturing the jazz scene here, he also provides a wonderful service to those of us who can use these as our professional photos.
Thank YOU! One of the many stellar musicians around town!
Being a jazz lover and photographer, I love Jeff's photos of all the jazz events he attends. I think he really captures the passion of the musicians. He honors them by posting their photos on Facebook and other media. He shows a different perspective in his photos. He has a lot of fun making these images. Don't sell yourself short, Jeff. You have my vote!
Well...thank you so much for this. It means a lot! I love to do this...one of my greatest passions. We'll see you on the scene SOON!