Longtime JazzTimes contributor Ken Franckling’s new book, Jazz in the Key of Light, illuminates more than 80 musicians through a different format than the traditional fine-art photography book. Images of the featured jazz artists are paired with essential quotes from interviews the author conducted with those musicians for a variety of mainstream and music publications over the past 30 years. The format enables readers to pause and reflect, if they wish, as the players share insights into their musical roots, creative processes, personal inspirations, values and, in a few cases, anecdotal humor.
The spotlighted musicians range from legends Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan to a variety of today’s rising stars in jazz, including pianist Benny Green, bassist and singer Nicki Parrott, singer Gregory Porter and alto saxophonist and composer Miguel Zenón. Newport Jazz Festival founding producer George Wein wrote the foreword.