Jazz in Focus: The Photos of Arthur Elgort

Known for his photographs of models in glossy magazines, the photographer reveals another passion in his new book, Jazz

Illinois Jacquet
Illinois Jacquet, 1988 (photo: Arthur Elgort)

Illinois Jacquet, 1988
“Illinois was always ready to have his picture taken. I remember he wanted to have the biggest statue of all the jazz musicians in Woodlawn Cemetery [in the Bronx], which was funny because he was the smallest guy. But he really thought he was the best. And you didn’t want to argue with him and say something like, ‘Well, Miles Davis was just as good as you.’ If you did that, you’d lose. You know what I mean?”

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.