Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements: this weekend!

Ariele Ebacher photographed by Jim Newberry
Ariele Ebacher
Amanda Crockett photographed by Jim Newberry
Amanda Crockett
Ambidextrous, photographed by Jim Newberry
Ambidextrous
Zoppé Circus photographed in 2008 by Jim Newberry
Zoppé Circus (photographed in 2008)
Mike Reed, the man behind the curtain.
Mike Reed, the man behind the curtain.

Brilliant Corners of Popular Amusements happens this weekend at Eckhart Park, and from all indications it promises to be fooking righteous. Here you can read about the multitude of attractions available to all comers.

The amazing women featured in the top three photos will perform at the show with El Circo Cheapo Cabaret. I shot those portraits recently for a project I’m working on involving acrobats, aerialist, and other circus artists. Also appearing this weekend will be the incredible Zoppé Circus. The suave dude in the bottom picture waiting for a drink is composer, drummer, and culture kingpin Mike Reed, who created BCPA. You might remember him from this post or if not that one, maybe it was this one.

(All photos by Jim Newberry.)

Jason Adasiewicz in the NYT

The New York Times published a portrait of mine in today’s paper, of the great vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz. I took the shot at the Pritzker Pavillion during a rehearsal for a concert by Mike Reed‘s Loose Assembly (here’s a portrait of Reed I shot earlier this year.) Way to go Shevitz!

Below is a screenshot from the article. And below that is a portrait of Adasiewicz I shot last April in his attic, where he practices.

Jason Adasiewicz in the New York Times, July 22, 2011. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Jason Adasiewicz at home in Chicago. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Mike Reed and Frank Rosaly for new jazz portrait project

I just started a new self-assigned project, shooting portraits of jazz musicians. Here are shots from the first two photo sessions: Mike Reed (top, shot last weekend on his rooftop) and Frank Rosaly (bottom photo, shot last week at the Hideout during a sound check).

If you’re a jazzer and up for having your picture taken, contact me.

Mike Reed/Loose Assembly

I’ve been documenting the vibrant and slightly-under-the-radar Chicago jazz scene lately, especially Umbrella Music-related artists. I shot stills and video at Pritzker Pavillion last month, at Mike Reed‘s Loose Assembly performance. The shot above was made during a rehearsal for that show, which featured (left to right) Reed, Tomeka Reid, Joshua Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Greg Ward, and Jason Adasiewicz.


Jason Adasiewicz


Roscoe Mitchell, warming up at rehearsal


Mike Reed at The Hungry Brain, making an introduction during the Umbrella Music Festival last November 17th. (There’s not much light in that venue–this was shot at ISO 6400, f1.8 at 1/50th.)

Update: Jason Adasiewicz and Mike Reed made the New York Times top pop and jazz list.