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Glorious Days and Nights
A Jazz Memoir

By Herb Snitzer
Afterword by Dan Morgenstern

176 pages, 8 x 10 inches, 85 b&w photographs

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Photographs of jazz greats and the memories of a great photographer

Glorious Days and Nights is a personal account of the fiftyyear career of 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. During the 1960s, politics, race, and social strife swirled in Snitzer's life as a working artist. But throughout the bus boycotts, demonstrations, civil and racial unrest, what remained constant for him was jazz.

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.

This book includes Snitzer's very best jazz photographs. He reveals the essences of the artists, their struggles, joys, and pains. A number of Snitzer's jazz images have become iconic, including Louis Armstrong with the Star of David, Lester Young at the Five Spot Café in New York City, John Coltrane reflected in a mirror, Thelonious Monk with piano keys reflected in his sunglasses, and Miles Davis at Newport. With eighty-five black and white images of jazz giants, Glorious Days and Nights provides a long-awaited testimony to the friendships and artistry that Snitzer developed over his remarkable career.

Herb Snitzer, St. Petersburg, Florida, has been a fine art photographer for more than fifty years. His work has been featured in numerous museums, magazines, exhibitions, and books.

176 pages, 8 x 10 inches, 85 b&w photographs