Our photographers do what they do because they love the arts. They understand that continued support for the arts depends on documentation that is comprehensive and consistently excellent, and so do we. We rely on photographers like Scott Wayne McDaniel for the images that make our posters, concert programs, social media pages, and website unique to us.
At JazzStand on Abrams, photographers moving into position to capture the angle that tells the story best are not an imposition on the show. They are part of the show. Volunteer photographers like Scott McDaniel, Joyce Sanders, Craig Smith, Jeffrey Douglas, Steven Lee Nelson, and Vladimir Kolopic are indispensable to what we do. We look forward to featuring their albums here in future posts. They help make up the vibrant community of artists, technicians, craftsmen, and patrons that keeps JazzStand open to all, free of charge. We owe our reputation for great photographic coverage to them. That reputation is among the many considerations that bring the very best artists to our stage. An appearance at a JazzStand presentation helps build the press kits and social media pages of the profoundly gifted jazz musicians who call DFW home.
We met Scott Wayne McDaniel on January 5, 2015, at a panel discussion at Off The Record in Deep Ellum. The music editors from Central Track, D Magazine, and Dallas Observer were discussing the state of DFW music. A few days later, Scott attended our annual student showcase presentation of Jazz Combo I, the premier instrumental ensemble of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. That night, he produced the first of a series of concert albums that comprise the largest single author photo archive our program has ever known (followed closely by the work of Dallas jazz photographer Craig Smith). Scott’s attendance at University of North Texas in the late Eighties and early Nineties, along with his love of the established and underground cultural scenes in DFW (which he has documented since 2013) give him the eyes through which many of our patrons first come to know JazzStand. As with most truly worthwhile endeavors, Scott’s desire to enrich the lives of others drives him in the pursuit of excellence.
“The day you try to pay me is the day I’ll quit,” he says.