Bob Rosenbaum - Photographer, Writer and Producer
Music is about healing.

Bob has photographed and documented the art and lives of eminent musicians for over 35 years, fulfilling many roles along the way: fan, friend, student, journalist, bartender, radio host and producer, and fellow player. Bob's work has been published, displayed and broadcast worldwide.

FOR ME, THERE IS no more 'present' location in this world than witnessing a music performance with a camera in my hands. Of course, the physical closeness to the music is part of that feeling, along with being a witness to the compelling energy and skill that each performer brings. Especially in Jazz, nothing is hidden – whatever is happening in that space at that moment is there for the camera to capture.

As an artist, I often have a feeling that the music itself places me there purposefully to explore the creative planes being revealed: the musical and aural, the visual and emotional, the temporal, the communal, and of course the deeply personal.

The magic of a performance photograph arises from a kind of synergy that can occur, where the artist performing and the artist recording merge briefly in a profoundly spiritual way.

Perhaps it's described best in Eugene Herrigel's book Zen in the Art of Archery: "The archer ceases to be conscious of himself as the one who is engaged in hitting the bull's-eye…the hitter and the hit are no longer two opposing objects, but are one reality."

While all great photographs are touched by this paradox, the Jazz image is an especially powerful vehicle: an intimate landscape that transports the viewer inside the music as far as he or she is willing to go. It's not just about the closed eyes, the intense concentration, the playful glances, the improbable postures. It's about the message of this music in situ, the ray of healing that emanates from the human soul.

The best images open a gateway for that healing ray – a direct channel between the player and the viewer in each of us.

Being there to capture such moments is a sweet gift, and I'm indebted to each of these musicians for their readiness to share their energy and special grace with the camera.

It's my hope that the photographs, recordings and ideas on this site will be an inspiration to you and provide glimpses into the possibility that music brings to our existence. After your visit, I hope the world will be a better place for you as well.

– Bob Rosenbaum, 2016