Miles Davis, Hackensack, NJ, 1954 © Francis  Wolff, 1954Francis Wolff came to America from Berlin as a young Jewish photographer in 1939, catching a ride on the last unrestricted boat. His childhood friend and fellow jazz buff Alfred Lion had been asking Wolff for years to come and work at Blue Note Records. Wolff had finally accepted.
For the next two decades, Francis Wolff photographed almost every Blue Note recording session, creating a phenomenal archive of images of jazz legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins. Michael Cuscuna and his label, Mosaic Records, eventually acquired the rights to Francis Wolff’s images for prints, reproductions, and reissues of Blue Note records. See more Francis Wolff images at the Morrison Hotel Gallery or at Mosaic Records, and listen to our interview with Michael Cuscuna for more on the record label.

Miles Davis, Hackensack, NJ, 1954 © Francis Wolff, 1954

Francis Wolff came to America from Berlin as a young Jewish photographer in 1939, catching a ride on the last unrestricted boat. His childhood friend and fellow jazz buff Alfred Lion had been asking Wolff for years to come and work at Blue Note Records. Wolff had finally accepted.

For the next two decades, Francis Wolff photographed almost every Blue Note recording session, creating a phenomenal archive of images of jazz legends like Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and Sonny Rollins.

Michael Cuscuna and his label, Mosaic Records, eventually acquired the rights to Francis Wolff’s images for prints, reproductions, and reissues of Blue Note records. See more Francis Wolff images at the Morrison Hotel Gallery or at Mosaic Records, and listen to our interview with Michael Cuscuna for more on the record label.

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