PHOTOGRAPHY

BOBBY WOMACK

BOBBY WOMACK
BOBBY WOMACK NEEDED LITTLE DIRECTION FROM photographer Norman Seeff during this L.A. session for his 1971 album, Communication. “He loved performing—I didn’t have to push him at all,” recalls Seeff. “He would just launch right into a song. He had an energy that, for me, was a benchmark for being in the moment.” It was a satisfying shoot for Seeff. “Every frame has its own character,” he says. “He was willing to be vulnerable and... 

AMA

AMA
M Music & Musicians Magazine Americana Portraits Sessions 2013 Nashville, Tennessee The Americana Music Association’s annual Festival was held in Nashville in September 2013 and for the third year our own Jeff Fasano was on hand to capture these vivid portraits showcasing a diverse array of artists. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width:... 

Newport Folk Presents WAY OVER YONDER

Newport Folk Presents WAY OVER YONDER
Newport Folk Presents WAY OVER YONDER Celebrated Music Festival Headed West To LA’s Iconic Santa Monica Pier on October 5-6, 2013  Featuring Performances by Newport Folk Alumni Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes, Neko Case, Brett Dennen, First Aid Kit, Shovels & Rope, Justin Townes Earle, Calexico and more America’s legendary Newport Folk Festival®, which was named “Music Festival of the Year” at the 24th Annual Pollstar Awards, brought... 

Al Jarreau

Al Jarreau
PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF’S SESSION WITH Al Jarreau for his 1983 album, Jarreau, was a memorable, fun affair. “He brought this bubbling laughter and enthusiasm,” recalls Seeff. “Al came across as someone who loved his life and loved this great gift he has.” Seeff’s young daughter, Tai Power Seeff, joined the son of the photographer’s assistant in some playful interaction with the singer. “It was a time when we all had kids,” says... 

Van Morrison

Van Morrison
PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF’S SESSION FOR Van Morrison’s 1979 album, Into the Music, nearly never happened. “I met with him at his home in Northern California,” recalls Seeff, “and he took me on a crazy drive in his Porsche as we listened to the album.” But by the end of the day the quixotic artist expressed doubts about using his image on the album cover. Seeff turned to a mutual friend, who had played violin on one of Morrison’s previous... 

JAMES TAYLOR

JAMES TAYLOR
JAMES TAYLOR WAS AT THE HEIGHT OF STARDOM when photographer Norman Seeff shot this session for the 1975 album Gorilla. “It was one of those wonderful weekdays in Malibu when you can go to the beach and no one’s there,” says Seeff. Having previously worked with Taylor, Seeff was aware of his unassuming nature in front of the camera. “I wouldn’t say he was shy, but reserved, retiring,” he explains. “He was very much himself and didn’t... 

CHAKA KHAN

CHAKA KHAN
CHAKA KHAN HAD ONLY RECENTLY ACHIEVED stardom when photographer Norman Seeff shot this session for Rufus’ 1974 album, Rufusized. “I was living in my studio in Los Angeles,” Seeff recalls. “She began rolling around on my bed like a teenage girl—barefoot, wiggling her big toe at me. It was fun, creative and free.” The session was the first of several Seeff shot with the R&B legend, whose talent was entwined with a fragile temperament.... 

BLONDIE

BLONDIE
PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF SHOT THIS SESSION for Blondie’s 1979 Eat to the Beat album at New York’s historic Chelsea Hotel, a famous haunt of the Manhattan arts crowd. “The band seemed to be part of that milieu,” says Seeff. “They were a quintessential New York group.” Singer Deborah Harry arrived late to the shoot and in a funk. “She walked away while we were shooting without explanation,” recalls Seeff. “We’re all standing... 

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac Photographer norman seeff rented a beautiful Malibu home overlooking the Pacific to shoot Fleetwood Mac for their 1979 album, Tusk. “They were like kids in a sandbox, having fun,” Seeff recalls. “But they also knew exactly what they were doing. They understood that by being spontaneous they would capture something they wouldn’t get if they were more controlled.” As the wine began to flow, the band became more rambunctious.... 

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST – Artists 3 of 3

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST – Artists 3 of 3
LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST  Artists 3 of 3 Phoebe Hunt Victor Wooten The Trishas The Trishas and Jed Hilly The Mastersons The Howling Brothers Tania Elizabeth Star and Micey Sam Bush Rod Picot Robert Ellis      Read More →

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST – Artists 2 of 3

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST – Artists 2 of 3
LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST  - Artists 2 of 3 Katie Cole Kurt Neumann Marvin Etzioni and Sam Bush Max Gomez McCrary Sisters Melissa Greener Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman Nicki Bluhm  Read More →

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST 1 of 3

LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST 1 of 3
LASTING IMPRESSIONS OF AMERICANAFEST - Artists 1 of 3 The Americana Music Association recently celebrated its most successful event yet with 15,000 fans, 300 artists and over 1,000 industry professionals participating in the five-day festival in Nashville. Our own Jeff Fasano was on hand to capture these vivid portraits showcasing a diverse array of artists. Marvin Etzioni Amy Otey Buxton Chris Daniels Chris Stamey Corb Lund Gretchen Peters Jed... 

Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Matt Nathanson Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Matt Nathanson at the Balboa Beach Music Fest                  Read More →

Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Maria McKee Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Maria McKee Maria McKee at the Balboa Beach Music Fest    Read More →

Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Lucy Schwartz Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Lucy Schwartz at the Balboa Beach Music Fest  Read More →

Joshua Radin at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

Joshua Radin at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
Joshua Radin at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano Joshua Radin Joshua Radin at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Joshua Radin Joshua Radin at the Balboa Beach Music Fest      Read More →

Enjuillet at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

Enjuillet at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
Enjuillet at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano Enjuillet at the Balboa Beach Music Fest Enjuillet at the Balboa Beach Music Fest  Read More →

A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest

A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest
 A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A benefit for The Balboa Performing Arts Theater Foundation Saturday October 13 2012, on the beach at Peninsula Park in Newport Beach Photography by Jeff Fasano A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A Fine Frenzy at the Balboa Beach Music Fest A Fine Frenzy   A Fine Frenzy A Fine Frenzy  Read More →

GUITAR HEROES UNLEASHED at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL

GUITAR HEROES UNLEASHED at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL
GUITAR HEROES UNLEASHED Some of music’s finest guitarists dazzled audiences at the L.A. Guitar Festival at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in late August. Hosted by Kala Koa Entertainment, the two-day event showcased blazing finger work of gypsy-jazz guru John Jorgenson, heart-wrenching songwriting of bluesman Doug MacLeod, and spellbinding technique and musicality of Grammy-winning legends Albert Lee and Eric Johnson. Wrapping up the festival... 

Doug MacLeod at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL

Doug MacLeod at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL
 Doug MacLeod 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL Photography by Jeff Fasano    Read More →

RENEGADE CREATION at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL

RENEGADE CREATION at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL
RENEGADE CREATION 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL Photography by Jeff Fasano            Read More →

PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL

PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL
PEPPINO D’AGOSTINO 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL Photography by Jeff Fasano            Read More →

JOHN JORGENSON at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL

JOHN JORGENSON at the 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL
JOHN JORGENSON 2012 LOS ANGELES GUITAR FESTIVAL Photography by Jeff Fasano  Read More →

SLY STONE

SLY STONE
SLY STONE WAS IN AN ESPECIALLY UPBEAT MOOD when photographer Norman Seeff shot this L.A. session for the 1974 album, Small Talk. “His music had such a scintillating vitality, and that’s exactly how I found him to be as a person,” Seeff recalls. “He was like, ‘Hey, whatever you want, I’m here.’ And then he would deliver.” Stone’s positive frame of mind appeared to be rooted in his new role as a husband and father, something Seeff... 

KISS

KISS
  KISS WAS A FULL YEAR AWAY FROM SUPERSTARDOM when photographer Norman Seeff shot this L.A. session for the cover of 1974’s Hotter Than Hell. When Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley (above, from left) entered his studio in full costume, says Seeff, “I was incredulous. My first thought was, ‘Are they covering up for mediocrity?’ Of course I was completely wrong about that.” Seeff quickly realized the foursome had... 

2012 ASCAP EXPO Photo Coverage

2012 ASCAP EXPO Photo Coverage
I Create Music • 2012 ASCAP EXPO April 19-21, 2012 • Los Angeles | The Premier Conference for Songwriters, Composers and Producers ‘The ASCAP Expo offers a comprehensive road map for a successful career in music—while providing plenty of inspiration to keep musicians motivated along the way.’ -M Music & Musicians magazine   Photography by Jeff Fasano Kiersty Rouge     Apogee Electronics at 2012 ASCAP EXPO ASCAP’s Randy... 

NAMM 2012 – Set 5

NAMM 2012 – Set 5
NAMM 2012 – Set 5 Photos By Jeff Fasano Seymour Duncan Seymour Duncan NAMM 2012 NAMM 2012 attendee Lost Anarchy Magazine NAMM 2012 Dusty Strings Co NAMM 2012 CLARSAX POPA S.L. CLARSAX POPA S.L.          Read More →

NAMM 2012 – Set 4

NAMM 2012 – Set 4
NAMM 2012 – Set 4 Photos By Jeff Fasano Martin Guitar Martin Guitar Martin Guitar SKB Cases SKB Cases Seymour Duncan NAMM 2012 Ernie Ball 50th Anniversary NAMM 2012 NAMM 2012  Read More →

NAMM 2012 – Set 3

NAMM 2012 – Set 3
NAMM 2012 – Set 3 Photos By Jeff Fasano Shari with AKG Acoustics Martin Guitar Celestion TAMA NAMM 2012 D'Addario/Planet Waves' Rob Cunningham Shari with AKG Acoustics Shari with AKG Acoustics   Seymour Duncan   NAMM 2012  Read More →

NAMM 2012 – Set 2

NAMM 2012 – Set 2
NAMM 2012 – Set 2 Photos By Jeff Fasano SKB CASES Fishman Terry Bardoul with Stagetrix Products Travis Thieman with String Swing Inc Rapco Horizon Rapco Horizon Dunlop Kenny Wayne of Fender Musical Instruments and Cleartone Strings Jim Dunlop Orange Amps        Read More →

NAMM 2012 – Set 1

NAMM 2012 – Set 1
NAMM 2012 – Set 1 Photos By Jeff Fasano Collings Guitar Rainsong Graphite Guitars Rainsong Graphite Guitars Misa Digital Technology Ltd Voyage Air Guitar Voyage Air Guitar John Gresko with Direct Sound Headphones Chickenhead Pearl Drums Pearl Drums      Read More →

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters
“THEY KNEW HOW TO HAVE FUN TOGETHER,” SAYS photographer Norman Seeff, remembering his high-energy 1982 session for the Pointer Sisters’ So Excited! album (the final cover shot featured Anita, June and Ruth, from left). “I had them dance and perform four or five songs. They were lively and vibrant and a joy to work with.” Seeff recalls that youngest sister June needed some encouragement from her siblings. “She was hypersensitive,” he... 

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
  PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THIS SESSION WITH the late Whitney Houston in 1990, at the height of her career. “I viewed her as a towering master of emotional expression, someone whose voice was transcendent,” he says. “I was thrilled about the opportunity.” Seeff rented a large studio for the shoot, replete with clothing and makeup specialists. “We had a substantial team, and she brought her own people,” he says.... 

Ike and Tina Turner

Ike and Tina Turner
  PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF’S 1975 LOS ANGELES shoot with husband-and-wife R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner was among the most memorable of his storied career. “The footage was riveting,” he says. “They performed an amazing version of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ right there in my studio. There was incredible energy and vitality between them.” Seeff recalls that the couple’s contrasting personalities made their interactions all the more... 

John Mellencamp

John Mellencamp
John Mellencamp was relatively unknown when photographer Norman Seeff shot this 1979 session. “He was very young, kind of baby-faced,” recalls Seeff. “But I was blown away by his vitality.” Seeff was also impressed by Mellencamp’s authenticity, a trait reflected in his casual attire. “It was as if he was saying, ‘This is who I am. I come with nothing but a denim shirt and a cigarette,’” Seeff says. “There was nothing pre-conceptual... 

Van Halen

Van Halen
    “WORKING WITH A ROCK GROUP IS ALWAYS A challenge,” says photographer Norman Seeff, remembering his 1979 shoot for the cover of Van Halen’s third album, Women and Children First. “There are times when a group comes in for a session and I perceive there is tension among the members.” One sure way to defuse that tension, he says, was to ask the musicians to bring their instruments—and sure enough, Eddie Van Halen was soon... 

FRANK ZAPPA

FRANK ZAPPA
  PHOTOGRAPHER NORMAN SEEFF ALREADY KNEW HE was dealing with a unique artist when Frank Zappa arrived at his L.A. studio for this 1976 session. “Frank was very different from other people I photographed,” recalls Seeff. “Many artists are imaginative, but they aren’t conceptual. Frank was both.” Seeff remembers that Zappa seemed at first to be improvising, but soon made clear he had a direction in mind. “Without my telling him anything,... 

RAY CHARLES

RAY CHARLES
  THIS 1985 LOS ANGELES SESSION WITH THE LEGENDARY RAY Charles had a permanent impact on rock photographer Norman Seeff’s methods. “Within a couple minutes of beginning the session, we were involved in a deeply revealing conversation about his inner creative process,” Seeff recalls. “All the while, Ray was playing and demonstrating the power of emotional expression on the piano I had rented for the session. We got classic Ray shots... 

CARLY SIMON

CARLY SIMON
  CARLY SIMON WAS DRESSED FAIRLY CONSERVATIVELY when she turned up at legendary photographer Norman Seeff’s Los Angeles studio to shoot the cover for her 1975 album Playing Possum. But after a couple of glasses of wine, Seeff posed a provocative question: “Well, don’t you have something on under that?” Simon gamely stripped down to her black teddy and began dancing around the studio to the Shaft soundtrack as Seeff snapped away. “It... 

VocalizeU Release Party

VocalizeU Release Party
VocalizeU Release Party Hosted by: Natasha Bedingfield Presented by Dave Stroud & Michele Rundgren Photography by Jeff Fasano Natasha Bedingfield and Jessie Collins Ben Folds Bren and Rebop Rundgren Bren Chloe Leighton and guests Crystal Knighton and Aisha Francis Daniel Bedingfield and Natasha Bedingfield Daniel Bedingfield, Natasha Bedingfield and Jessie Collins Daniel Bedingfield Dave Stroud and Ben Folds David Matalon, Sonnet Simmons, Dani... 

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 1 of 5

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 1 of 5
Americana Music Festival 2011 – 1 of 5 Nashville, TN Amanda Shires The Black Lillies Carrie Rodriguez Carrie Rodriguez & Will Kimbrough Catherine Britt  Read More →

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 2 of 5

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 2 of 5
Americana Music Festival 2011 – 2 of 5 Nashville, TN Deadman Elephant Revival Henry Wagons Jimmie Dale Gilmore John Oates  Read More →

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 3 of 5

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 3 of 5
Americana Music Festival 2011 – 3 of 5 Nashville, TN Luther Dickinson Luther Dickinson Marshall Chapman Michael Martin Murphey Mountain Heart New Country Rehab Patrick Sweany Patrick Sweany  Read More →

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 4 of 5

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 4 of 5
Americana Music Festival 2011 – 4 of 5 Nashville, TN Romantica Richie Owens Sam Llanas Sam Llanas Tara Nevins Tim Easton  Read More →

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 5 of 5

Americana Music Festival 2011 – 5 of 5
Americana Music Festival 2011 – 5 of 5 Nashville, TN Tommy Womack Will Kimbrough Will Hoge Will Hoge Will Hoge Tommy Womack & Will Kimbrough  Read More →

Joe Henry by Jeff Fasano

Joe Henry by Jeff Fasano
Joe Henry by Jeff Fasano For M Music & Musicians Magazine - September/October 2011  Read More →

Larry Kline by Jeff Fasano for M

Larry Kline by Jeff Fasano for M
Larry Kline by Jeff Fasano Photo shoot for M Music & Musicians Magazine  Read More →

Def Leppard by Jeff Fasano

Def Leppard by Jeff Fasano
Def Leppard by Jeff Fasano For M Music & Musicians Magazine – June 2011  Read More →
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