Issued: 11 February 2009

3-13 March, 10am-6pm and during evening performances

Event Info

Jazz Camera is a special exhibition of photographs by John Watson, who this year marks his 40th anniversary covering the West Midlands music scene as a writer and photographer.

The exhibition, which runs from 3-31 March at Symphony Hall, showcases his portraits of jazz legends including pianist Oscar Peterson, singer Dame Cleo Laine, trumpeter Chet Baker and composer-arranger Gil Evans. Jazz Camera also features photographs of younger players and rising stars, including pianist Zoe Rahman and Birmingham saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

Many of the images were shot by John Watson at Symphony Hall, Town Hall, the Adrian Boult Hall and the CBSO Centre in Birmingham, and at various West Midlands locations, including Lichfield Cathedral and The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Others were taken by Watson when he was covering jazz festivals in various parts of the UK, including Brecon, Cheltenham, and The Sage concert hall at Gateshead.

As a writer, John Watson has interviewed a host of jazz legends for newspapers and magazines, including bandleaders Count Basie and Stan Kenton, and saxophonists Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Rollins and Michael Brecker.

His photography work is featured on his website www.jazzcamera.co.uk

The exhibition is open from 10am-6pm each day, and during evening performances, on Symphony Hall Level 4 Foyer. Admission free. Prints of the exhibition images are available for sale.


Note to Editors

To arrange interviews, email fiona.fraser@thsh.co.uk or telephone 0121 644 5008

Captions for photos (available on request):

Dame Cleo Laine – legendary singer featured in the Jazz Camera exhibition at Symphony Hall

Kurt Elling – American singer featured in the Jazz Camera exhibition, pictured in concert at Town Hall, Birmingham

Herbie Hancock – American jazz piano legend, pictured at his recent concert at Symphony Hall

Tony Kofi – rising saxophone star featured in the Jazz Camera exhibition at Symphony Hall

Guy Barker – a powerful shot of the British trumpeter, featured in the Jazz Camera exhibition at Symphony Hall

Link to event page: http://www.thsh.co.uk/view/jazz-camera-exhibition
External weblinks: John Watson?s Jazz Camera www.jazzcamera.co.uk

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).