Monday, January 28, 2008

Nanu, Nanu

Each year for nearly a decade, Dallas residents and many young musicians from all across America come to listen to first-rate performances at the North Texas Addison Jazz Festival. Addison brought together many virtuosos: pictured above is the One O'Clock Lab Band featuring Brian Donohoe on soprano saxophone. Below,vocalist Rosana Eckert. If you're a a Bobby McFerrin fan, you'll want to catch Rosana's husband Gary Eckert singing with McFerrin's Voicestra this Spring.

Guest artist: pianist Kenny Barron, below

Below: One of my past teachers and excellent jazz cat, Mike Steinel

Drummer Ross Pederson, with the One O'Clock

The Jazz Station in Dallas Fort Worth is KNTU FM 88.1, The One. I've DJed on this station quite a bit. Pictured below is the MC for the night Mark Lambert. Formerly with AP News, Mark is the Program Manager at KNTU.

You can listen on your radio to KNTU FM 88.1 in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and even as far as Oklahoma. Or just log in to and listen anywhere in the world.

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Denton & Design

These are fun shots from a collaboration with Micah Wimberley, a fellow UNT alumni. We also worked together on the project featured on my last blog "Dallas & Design."

Micah is a cool designer.

Retractable search engine. yeah.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Dallas & Design

I was selected to be part of an Art Direction & Commercial Photography seminar in Dallas led by Jack Sprague, Professor of Communication Design at the University of North Texas

Here are a few of the locations we hit:
The Campbell Agency
Dieste Harmel & Partners
Scott Harben's studio
Geoff Kern's Studio
Greg Booth + Associates
Splashlight Studios Dallas

What a rockin' opportunity to meet the DFW professional community and see where they work: modelling agencies, photo studios, and ad agencies. Of particular note, our visit to Dieste showed us the inner workings of one of the United States' best hispanic ad agencies that also does excellent general market work. Here's some footage of their work:

Gatorade Skyscraper
Pine Sol Clean House
and Bud's FFDD:

The seminar was a series of exciting & informative visits, but also included our own photoshoots for a larger advertising project. One of my favorites is the photograph pictured below (model: Kristen). It was taken at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas - the theater is in Mockingbird Station, very near Urban Taco.

This last shot of Kristen was taken at the home of the organizer, Jack.

Here's a BIG thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who gave of their time to help young professionals.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Chúc mừng năm mới!

Happy New Year!

It might seem a little late to be making this particular post, but I'm new to the blog scene and this time last year I was just barely waking from post-Christmas hibernation and jumping on a plane to New York City the IAJE conference - the biggest hang for Jazz musicians in the world. The UNT Jazz blog post of some of these shots can be found here and an extended album with some photos taken by me and Namhi Kim can be found here.

Above, The Orchestre National De Jazz playing tunes from Led Zeppelin

Above, Matt Wilson of the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra
Below, Richard Galliano bustin' out on Jazz accordion.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

World Aids Day Benefit

World Aids Day Benefit at Cinematheque.

A theater group, comprising of Vietnamese actors living with HIV/AIDS, performed a show to raise awareness. I was called to do a series of portraits of the actors. It was very touching to experience the great attitudes of the actors even through our language barrier.

Hosted by Hanoi International Theatre Society, this was a challenging performance for the audience and a very forward-thinking set of actors.

Because most of the portraits were serious, I decided to show their festive side:

The woman who saves the world

No, not Superwoman, but her travel schedule would indicate she's the American Government's equivalent of James Bond. Brett Jones is the Director of the Humanitarian Assistance Office in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Viet Nam. Brett decides where the United States puts its aid money in Southeast Asia.
The photograph pictured above is for a Hawaiian publication called the Punahou Bulletin. It goes out to 30,000 alumni of the Punahou School, a prestigious institution with alumni ranging from presidential candidate Barack Obama to AOL founder Steve Case, and my favorite: Buster Crabbe - the actor in the original Flash Gordon series.

Below, Brett in a Ha Noi market. I like to call this photo "Coronation"

It's difficult to nail down exactly what Brett does with so many different activities and meetings, but her work does have one cohesive look: Brett is on the phone.