© Herb Snitzer, 1961, John Coltrane at the Village Gate, NYC

John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy, Reggie Workman and Art Davis, The Village Gate.

John Coltrane and Eric Dolphy came together for fleeting moments and the music was sublime. Here too there was tragedy as Eric Dolphy also died much too young. But both left a legacy of music that young musicians play all the time. They were both wonderful men and talented artists, accessible to this then young photo-journalist exploring the world of music.

This image was made at the famed Village Gate in Greenwich Village, New York City on a hot and muggy August evening. (read more)

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© Herb Snitzer, 1961, John Coltrane, Intensely Trane, Village Gate, NYC

"I always want a finer understanding of the people I’m photographing. I want to go beyond mere composition. I’m always looking and waiting to expose their humanity. I want my photos to show what these people mean to me. My images are about the underlying thesis behind all this music and how special these people are as artists. That’s important to me." (Herb Snitzer)

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© Herb Snitzer, 1959, Portrait of Thelonius Monk, New York
This photograph was made at a United Nations meeting while Monk was playing to a very appreciative audience of Ambassadors and other distinguished persons. Out of respect to the United Nations, Monk took off his trademark hat.
"I guess, you know, if I didn’t make it with the piano, I guess I would’ve been the biggest bum." (Thelonious Monk)
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© Herb Snitzer, 1959, Portrait of Thelonius Monk, New York

This photograph was made at a United Nations meeting while Monk was playing to a very appreciative audience of Ambassadors and other distinguished persons. Out of respect to the United Nations, Monk took off his trademark hat.

"I guess, you know, if I didn’t make it with the piano, I guess I would’ve been the biggest bum." (Thelonious Monk)

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