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

Sonny Rollins
Sonny Rollins, 1991 (photo: Arthur Elgort)

Sonny Rollins, 1991
“It took a while to get Sonny to agree to have me take his picture. Finally he said, ‘Okay, you can come to my apartment’—a tiny place in the city where he’d stay if he had a gig. When I got there, I asked him if he could get up off his bed. He said, ‘No, I’m meditating, but you can get me meditating, and then you can leave. You have 10 minutes.’ I said, ‘That’s too much time, let’s make it five minutes.’ Sonny said, ‘I like you.’”

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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.