Glorious Days and Nights is a personal account of the jazz photographer Herb Snitzer, with a special focus on his years in New York City from 1957 to 1964. A photojournalist for Life, Look, and Fortune, Snitzer was the photo editor and later associate editor of the influential jazz magazine Metronome.
In the memoir, Snitzer recalls what it was like to go on the road with these musicians. His reflections run the gamut from serious meditations on his development as a young photographer working with musicians already of great stature to more conversational recollections of casual moments spent having fun with the jazz artists many of whom became close friends.
The second half of the book features 85 black-and-white photographs including a number of iconic jazz images. Click through to see images from the book.
|Louis Armstrong with the Star of David on his chest, Tanglewood, MA 1960|
|Bill "Count" Basie, recording session, NYC, 1960|
|Drummer Sonny Paine, Count Basie Orchestra recording session, NYC, 1960|
|Trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie with saxophonist Clifford Jordan, Bern International Jazz Festival, Switzerland, 1988|
|Bill "Count" Basie, Roulette Records recording session, NYC, 1960|
|Nina Simone, performing, Town Hall, NYC 1959|
Glorious Days and Nights is now available from UPM.