I was commissioned by Blue Note to photograph the legendary drummer Louis Hayes for the cover of his new album ‘Serenade for Horace’ a tribute to Horace Sliver. Louis was born in Detroit in 1937, he came to New York when he was eighteen and joined the Horace Silver Quartet. He has recorded with everyone John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Wes Montgomery, and so many more. He just celebrated his 80th birthday at Dizzy’s playing better than ever.

Jose James Billie Holiday

Jose James’ new album is a tribute to the legendary singer  Billie Holiday We shot the cover photo in Amsterdam.

“My first clear musical memory is of Billie Holiday,” writes James in the album’s liner notes. “Billie’s voice floated through our house – grand, warm, intimate, and wholly unique…..Her work was mastery – of pain, of trauma, of faith in music and the power of transformation. I had found my teacher. Billie Holiday made me want to be a jazz singer and set me on the path that I’m walking today. “