Dr. Joe Gilman and Steve Homan, Sacramento, 2015

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Dr. Joe Gilman, as seen at last night’s Veryl Oakland jazz photography exhibition hosted by Capital Public Radio and CSU Sacramento.

Dr. Gilman’s bio reads like a “who’s Who” of jazz. He has been primary pianist with jazz vibes master Bobby Hutcherson, along with,he Sacramento Jazz Orchestra since 2010. He has also performed professionally with Eddie Harris, Woody Shaw, Marlena Shaw, Richie Cole, Joe Locke, George Duke, Chris Botti, Eric Alexander, Anthony Wilson, Nicholas Payton, Russell Malone, Charles McPherson, Wycliffe Gordon, David “Fathead” Newman, and Slide Hampton, and has recorded with Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Frank Morgan, Jeff Watts, Robert Hurst, Tootie Heath, and Larry Grenadier.

Dr. Gilman performed with guitarist Steve Homan, another Sacramento jazz icon. Professor Homan’s bio is equally cool: he has performed with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams,Hugh Masakela, and Diane Schuur, to name a few.

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The jazz accompaniment was perfect for viewing Mr. Oakland’s black and white images of jazz icons spanning three decades. He had some great stories to tell about each photograph including my favorite (on his website) of Weather Report from the mid-1970s.

As Mr. Oakland recounted, he only had a few minutes to make what would become the feature photo on the “8:30 Weather Report” album. Seems everyone was in a rush to get to the airport to get to the next city of the tour.The band was finally in place for the photo except for Joe Zawinul who eventually emerged from the restroom to take his place. A few frames at 1/15th of a second later: done!

Photographs copyright Ken Hunt and Whole Earth Images.

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