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Welcome to the website of jazz photographer Michael Wilderman. Here are some samples of my photos from the broad spectrum of music known as "jazz":

Image Map DeDe Pierce of Preservation Hall Benny Carter Roy Eldridge Benny Goodman Ella Fitzgerald Dizzy Gillespie Dexter Gordon Stan Getz Art Blakey Sonny Rollins Betty Carter Tito Puente

Image Map Miles Davis Charles Mingus Rahsaan Roland Kirk Cecil Taylor Ornette Coleman Sun Ra Pharoah Sanders World Saxophone Quartet Art Ensemble of Chicago William Parker

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The exhibit of Bill Warrell's paintings and my photographs at Capital Fringe is closing after this weekend. It's happening Saturday and Sunday afternoons and evenings. Bill invites young artists to contribute to his Sun Ra Arkestra mural and painting (based on my photograhs) during the two weekend afternoons.

And You Were There link

The photos show our photo/painting collaborations for Hamiet Bluiett, Lester Bowie & the Art Ensemble, and Don Pullen. Also photos of Sun Ra, DC artists, and other masters performing in the DC area.


Exhibition Presented by Bill Warrell and Michael Wilderman

AND YOU WERE THERE an exhibit of images of Jazz in DC by photographer Michael Wilderman, with paintings by Bill Warrell that were derived from Wilderman’s photographs.

May 22 – June 18

at Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358 Florida Ave. NE Washington, DC 20002

Michael Wilderman: Photographs of Jazz in Washington

Bill Warrell: Paintings inspired by Michael Wilderman’s photos

These two artists have built their careers in the Washington DC area, steeped in great jazz performance and presentation, including association with District Curators/, Transparent Productions, CapitalBop, DC Jazz Festival, and the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Michael has spent four decades in DC documenting performances for jazz magazines, and producing soulful portraits of iconic jazz masters. Both artist were inspired by Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, Don Pullen, and Lester Bowie; as well as the veteran and younger generations of DC jazz artists today. Most of the photos were taken at various DC area jazz venues - hopefully you were there, and will be there again.

This event is in conjunction with the DC Jazz Festival

Included are several photographs of Sun Ra, Bill will be working on a new Sun Ra mural, and kids are requested to help Bill finish his painting of Sun Ra.


Bill Warrell's Art Ensemble mural project based on my photographs was created during the 2016 DC Jazz Festival. The mural is still available for viewing in the Blagden outdoor museum along with other murals. The mural is seen below:.

The Art Ensemble photos associated with the mural will also be exhibited at the Capital Fringe exhibit. Those, as well as many others, can be seen on the web gallery I created in tribute to the Art Ensemble and in collaboration with this project. Please click on the images to see the web gallery.

There are also web albums photographs of the DC Jazz Scene, and photos from 1970s performances produced by Keystone Korner, San Francisco:

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Album Index

2017 Vision Festival ended June 3, 2017. I was there for the great last two nights. I heard Kidd Jordan, Dave Burrell, Cooper-Moore, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Mat Maneri, Steve Swell, Daniel Carter, Rosie Hertlein, Andrew Cyrille, David Murray, Joe McPhee, Matthew Shipp, Oliver Lake, BassDrumBone, Oluyemi Thomas, Hamid Drake, Tony Malaby, and more. Spectacular offerings!

June 4th there was an amazing Tribute to Hamiet Bluiett at Randall Memorial Church on 137th Street in NYC. In addition to James Carter and Oliver Lake (seen below) were Pheeroan akLaff, Kelvyn Bell, Cooper-Moore, Craig Harris' Saints & Aints Brass Choir, DD Jackson, Kidd Jordan, William Parker, Antoine Roney, Kojo Roney, Quincy Troupe, Matthew Whitaker, and James Jabbo Ware's Me We Them Orchestra.

Need a photo of a jazz musician?
Please link to my PAGE LISTING MUSICIANS and others whom I have photographed.

Photo Sales - I have a PayPal Account with a Payment Link Established! Please link to my PAGE with info on photo availability.


I provided the photography, graphics, and layout for Joel Futterman's New CD Recording - PATHWAYS

This is a dynamic solo performance in which Joel stretched and explored the resonance and sonorities of a great piano. You can click on the image to visit his website and hear a sample, but please return.

I attended four nights of VISION 21 - The VISION FESTIVAL in mid-June 2016 at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, NYC

It was a great festival, in addition to Connie Crothers, Kidd Jordan, Mike Reed, Wadada Leo Smith, and Cooper Moore, (above) I also photographed and enjoyed Hamid Drake, Steve Swell, Joel Futterman, Alvin Fielder, Rob Brown, Dave Liebman, Jason Kao Hwang , Fay Victor, Reggie Nicholson , Matthew Shipp, Dave Liebman, Harrison Bankhead, Dave Burrell, Jemeel Moondoc, William Hooker, and so many more plus Poets, dancers and other Visual Artists!

On November 19, 2016 the Sun Ra Arkestra reappeared in Washington, DC at the Logan Fringe Arts Space. Bill Warrell's politcal paintings were on exhibit as a stark reminder of the times. Seen below are the Arkestra, me and Bill, and the indefatigible Marshall Allen.

I provided the cover photographs and design for The Question, A New Book by Joel Futterman. I also helped format and edit the text of this unique volume. Check it out.

Pianist Joel Futterman's creative energies have burst forth in this unusual and compelling volume. Joel's empathy for humanity is paramount. For a world with great economic disparities, and in social, political, and spiritual turmoil; Joel provides a series of dialogues of questions and parables that advance the search for inner and outer peace. The Question could be the answer.

The Question is available by direct purchase (click) from Joel's web site.

The Reflection CD release by pianist Joel Futterman ia a two-CD set of 2014 solo recordings demonstrating Joel's multiple musical perspectives. I provided the photo/graphic and did the layout for the package.

Marc Medwin wrote:
If his Creation series is a compendium of his pianistic techniques, Reflection distills and augments them, documenting the continued development of a master technician, a probing intellect and a spirit whose adventurousness and creativity know no boundaries and who accepts only the freedom that comes from music born of dedication and created in the moment.

Reflection I & II


Unfortunately, the Jazz T-shirts with my photos are once again unavailable. The Delta Haze company that took over for Gear,Ink. has stopped production for the foreseeable future. You can still click HERE to see the images.

My links page has been updated with additions.

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The site was established in 1997 on John Coltrane's birthday and was relocated to this domain in June 2001.

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It is unlawful and not nice to reproduce these images without the express permission of the copyright holder.



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