High Salutations, pilgrims!

You wait months for a couple of legends to be on stage at the same time, and then you’re offered  with three!


I’ve always been a huge, HUGH fan of Bob James.  Then I heard his collaboration with David Sanborn on the 1986 album ‘Double Vision‘, and I was hooked.  So, you can have an idea of the kind of anticipation I had to see these giants on stage together, touring with a new album called ‘Quartette Humaine‘ and then to also find out that Steve Gadd would be on drums. THE Steve Gadd! Yessir,  no ‘24-hour man-flu now going 48 hours‘ was not going to best me in battle to see these guys!

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that of all the venues to photograph at, The Barbican is the most challenging.  This is due to the seating plans of the auditorium, and I think the convenience for photographers was the last thing on the architect’s mind. If I had been at the main performance, this is the kind of angle shots I would be able to get:


So, whenever possible, we try to get permission to photograph during sound-check.  It’s the only practical way to get a variation of shots, especially when it’s a quartet size and upwards.   The downside , however,  is that the musicians are dressed casually because it’s just a rehearsal. But, hey! It is what it is.


Meeting David Sanborn was a real honour.  He took the time out to talk to myself and another photographer, and he was just giving. So much so that when management wanted us not to shoot during rehearsals, he responded by saying, “Nah, leave them alone. They’re with me!” There with me?!?!? Do you know how rare it is for photographers to have a musician stick up for them??? I salute you, Mr Sanborn.

And on that light note, here are a few more shots taken during the sound-check:

Steve Gadd

Steve Gadd


Scott Colley

Bob James

Bob James

David Sanborn

David Sanborn




Thought of the Day

Bí orí ṣe tó ló ṣe ńfọ́ olórí /

In other words: As a head is in size, so it aches the owner. [Challenges are not unusual; everyone has it.]

Yoruba Proverbs


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