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vered available-light
jazz photographers
such a s Her ma n
Leonard, Jim Marshall, Ray Avery, and
Francis Wolff.
" T he l ate R ay
Avery referred to
my work as 'performance portraits,'"
Barry recalled. "It's
that description of
my work that most
satisfies me."
Barry's work is on
permanent display
in at least two museums - the American
Jazz Museum, Kansas
City, and the Mayme
Clayton Library and
Museum, in Culver
City, California. It's
also permanently exhibited in the Henry
Mancini Building
at NBC Universal
Studios, the Crown
Plaza Hotel at LAX's
jazz club, the Truman Hospita l in
Kansas City, and can
frequently be seen
in several galleries,
libraries, nightclubs,
and studios in and
around Los Angeles. He's also been honored as
the photo archivist for the Jazz Bakery's Movable
Feast, in L.A, and continues to photographically
chronicle any number of concerts in the U.S.
and abroad. In addition, Barry has shot several
album covers and contributed to more than 80
CDs and DVDs including those of Rosemary
Clooney, Kenny Burrell, Dianne Schuur, John
Pisano, Pat Martino, Johnny Rivers, Jim Webb,
Danny Seraphine, Mark Murphy, The Count
Basie Band, and Joe Diorio.
"I've always seen the artist as an heroic figure,
very much like Cervantes' character Don Quixote," Barry said. "They are always challenging
themselves and risking all on a dream. They
ignore the odds of success and listen only to
themselves rather than the naysayers surrounding them. As a jazz photographer, I have and will
continue to archive and exhibit images of the
musical artists of my time - famous and lesser
known, but no less great. It's my challenge to
capture the nature and spirit of these musical
artists, hoping all who view my work will know
them as I have." - Jim Carlton

BOB BARRY
Jazz Lenser, Guitar Lover

P

hotographer/jazzographer Bob Barry is a
busy man. Of course he enjoys frequent
personal appearances at galleries and events
showcasing his art, but his duties on the board
of directors for the California Jazz Foundation
and the Milt Hinton Award Committee for
Excellence in Jazz Photography are just two
commitments to which he is dedicated. For
two decades, he has also been a fixture at John
Pisano's Guitar Night, in Los Angeles.
Through the years, Barry has created countless unique images of the world's greatest jazz
guitarists, many of which are presented in his
new book, John Pisano's Guitar Night.
Many consider Guitar Night a rite of passage
for those in the jazz guitar community, and the
book is a comprehensive pictorial history of
guitarists chosen for the gig - from old-guard
legends such as George Van Eps, Herb Ellis,
Bob Bain, Jimmy Wyble, and Bill Pitman to
contemporary artists like John Jorgenson,
Andy Summers, Laurence Juber, Andreas
Oberg, and more.
Barry's work perpetuates the tradition of re-

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July 2018

Ask Zac
WITH ZAC CHILDS

John Denver with the oddball 18-string.

I recently saw a picture of
John Denver with an 18-string
guitar. What can you tell me
about it? - John Myers
Randy Sparks, who was a key figure
in Denver's early career and founder
of The New Christy Minstrels, owns
that guitar. Here's what he told us.
"I ran a coffeehouse in West L.A., and
a down-on-his-luck musician came by
one day looking to sell his instrument. I
can't recall his name, but the guitar was
the 18-string he'd fashioned from a Guild
or Epiphone body. I felt bad for him and
paid more than he was asking. John,
who lived with my family in Bel Air at the
time, happened to be there and asked to
play it. I loaned it to him and didn't think
much about it until he started playing it
during some of his shows at Ledbetter's.
"It was definitely an attentiongetter; John called it his 'personal
cheese cutter' and played that guitar
most of the time, at Ledbetter's and
on the road. Later, I began to believe it
was harming his progress, so I took it
back and gave him a slothead Martin.
"Before I'd met him, John
[Deutschendorf] spent time on Karen
Spalena's couch, and she brought him
to Ledbetter's on a Sunday night during our regular hoot event. I gave him
his first job, and his new surname."
Zac Childs is a guitar tech in Nashville. If
you have a question about guitars, anything
from nuts and bolts to historical or celebrityrelated inquiries, drop a line to him at zac@
askzac.com or visit facebook.com/askzac.


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