Berklee Today

In the Moment . . .

Music lovers in general, and jazz fans in particular, relish those moments that I refer to as "epiphanies." Something happens that is so magical, you walk away with a lighter, yet slower, step. Marveling, perhaps, at what your eyes, ears, and all other senses have just witnessed and absorbed. Usually, it is the chemistry between the musicians that reaches an uncommon height as they connect with each other and pull the audience deeper into this shared experience. Those kinds of things are the rarities--always sought after, yet when they happen, you know it. And you savor it, never knowing when the musical spirits will send another one your way. The photographic moments we work to reveal in music take place in the same way. You get into a rhythm, anticipating, hoping, but never quite sure when something very special will happen in your presence. In live performance, and in portraiture, musicians reveal a sense of themselves that extends beyond the moment. Capturing it is the challenge. Sharing it with others who understand is the joy.

—Ken Franckling

Ken Franckling is a veteran arts writer and freelance photographer specializing in music photography. His catalog includes rare images of more than 2,000 musicians. Contact him at <franckling@aol.com> to obtain limited-edition fine art prints or for photo assignments.

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ROY HARGROVE '89 GARY BURTON '62
 

MARK WHITFIELD '87

AIMEE MANN '80


JOHN ABERCROMBIE '67

DIANA KRALL '83

JAVON JACKSON '87

BRUCE COCKBURN '65

JEFF "TAIN" WATTS '81

BRUCE HORNSBY '74

JOE LOVANO '72
TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON '83
GRAY SARGENT '73 (W/ DAVE MCKENNA)
GEORGE MRAZ '70