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Nicki Parrott, Les Paul Trio

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Nicki Parrott, Les Paul Trio, The Iridium Jazz Club

Nicki is the premier bassist in the Les Paul Trio. She has performed with such notable musicians as Michel Legrand, Joe Wilder, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Jose Feliciano, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Dick Hyman, Patti Labelle & the New York Pops Orchestra, Harry Allen, Warren Vache, Marlena Shaw, David Krakauer, Ken Peplowski, Ann Hampton Callaway, Bill Mays, Scott Hamilton, Lillian Boutte, Larry Carlton and Houston Person, to name a few. In June 2000 Nicki started performing at The Iridium with the Les Paul Trio.

I first saw her perform a few weeks ago as part of the Les Paul 98th Birthday week at The Iridium Jazz Club and am now just starting to process those images. I really enjoy making these black and white images of Jazz Musicians…

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Billings, Montana

Antique Threshing Machine

Antique Threshing Machine

I was reviewing images from my trip to Billings a few weeks ago and found today’s post. When I took that first ride out to see the ranch where I would be shooting I noticed this same donkey shading himself using what appears to be an old pre-combine threshing machine.  The donkey was standing at the other end when first noticed but we never stopped to make the image.

Over the next few days we passed this same machine several times and no donkey. On the very last departure from the farm there it was again – only on the other side of the machine. Had to stop and make the image….looks a bit like a large mechanical anteater under which the donkey is shading itself.

Simply makes me laugh..

Iridium – Update

I have been quite busy the past week or so making images at The Iridium Jazz Club to be used in a few PBS specials. Artist being filmed are Lee Ritenour, Bill Evans, Joe Bonamassa, Rock Candy Funk Party, Lita Ford, Train, Zach Wylde and Jeff Beck with Brian Wilson.

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Times Square Portrait

The Iridium is quite small holding 180 people giving new meaning to ‘upfront and personal’ – small but charming – reminds me of the good old days.

Last Saturday I was sitting outside the club getting some air when the very dapper host came out to grab a smoke…..right place at the right time if you ask me – his image is above.

In addition to the PBS specials I am now the Photo Editor for ONSTAGE MAGAZINE – a great new outlet for music news and images. They have just given me my own page in the magazine called “Sandler’s Archives”. So in addition to this blog I will be posting music images and stories at Onstage. Hope to see you there….


Les Paul’s 98th Brithday Week – The Iridium

Lee Ritenour-Bill Evans-Iridium

Lee Ritenour-Bill Evans-Iridium

I will be spending the next week at The Iridium Jazz Club, New York City,  making photographs of several artists performing for Les Paul’s 98th Birthday Week.The shows are being filmed for broadcast on PBS later in the year.

Last night The Les Paul Trio, Lou Pallo (guitar), John Coliani (Piano) and Nicki Parrot (Bass) played with special guests Lee Ritenour and Bill Evans – simply an amazing night of music. The trio was joined by Anton Fig, David Letterman drummer…

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Lou Pallo, Nicki Parrot – Les Paul Trio

The Iridium is a Jazz Institution and the home of Les Paul who played there from 1996-2009 – and they say he continues to guide them. The club donates a portion of each weeks sales to The Les Paul Foundation. A must stop if in New York….and the food is pretty good also…

Upcoming events in this series are JJ Grey and Mofro, Joe Bonamassa (with Les Paul Trio and also Rock Candy), Zakk Wilde, Lita Ford, Train, Jake Bugg and John Mayall – possibly a few more that have not been announced as yet.

Recent Images

Been quite some time since I last published images. Here a few from two recent trips. The first two are from a trip to Scotland two weeks ago.


Barn Owl, Skibo Castle, Sutherland, Scotland


Highland Coo, Sutherland, Scotland

A friend took me out to his ranch in Montana last week to photograph the round-up and branding…..Quite the experience


Branding, Billings, Montana

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Charlie, Billings, Montana