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The amazing Quincy Jones came up and directed “Killer Joe”, the last song of the night during his big band tribute at Monterey Jazz Festival 59. There was a stellar cast of musicians including Valerie Simpson, Hubert Laws, Christian McBride, James Carter, Dave Grusin, John Clayton, Paul Jackson, Jr. and many others. It was a spectacular moment at the festival.

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Oakland Pride 2017

This beautiful face, out of a sea of beautiful faces, stood out to me at the Oakland Pride celebration this year. I asked him who long did it take to put on this face and he responded, “Two hours.” I will post more photos from Oakland Pride 2017 soon.

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Cecile McLorin Salvant

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Cecile McLorin Salvant
Monterey Jazz Festival 59
09.16.2016

Cecile McLorin Salvant at Monterey Jazz Festival 59 last year. She was spectacular. Monterey Jazz Festival 60 is just a few weeks away. I will post favorite images here from past festivals so stay tuned.

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It has been a while since I have posted anything here. My year has been about change and I have been on a journey. I am learning a lot about myself and the things that I love. I visited the Grand Canyon earlier this year and right before my birthday, I visited Yosemite National Park. I cannot imagine living a few hours away from this natural wonder for almost 20 years and never visiting. I promise not to let that happen again.

As a photographer, we are always looking for something that captures the eye and sometimes it just appears before you. We were checking out Glacier Point and I noticed these two men sitting and hugging on this rock. I am not even sure how they got out there but it was definitely a loving, beautiful moment. I promise to come back soon and post more photos from my adventures.

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Church of the Holy Cross

Church of the Holy Cross

Chapel of the Holy Cross – Sedona, Arizona

This is one of the most amazing architectural works that I have seen. I did not get a chance to see the insides of the church but I must go back because it is definitely a treasure.

Per Wikipedia:

The chapel was inspired and commissioned by local rancher and sculptor Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who had been inspired in 1932 by the newly constructed Empire State Building to build such a church. After an attempt to do so in Budapest, Hungary (with the help of Lloyd Wright, son of noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright) was aborted due to the outbreak of World War II, she decided to build the church in her native region.[2]

Richard Hein was chosen as project architect, and the design was executed by architect August K. Strotz, both from the firm of Anshen & Allen. The chapel is built on Coconino National Forest land; the late Senator Barry Goldwater assisted Staude in obtaining a special-use permit. The construction supervisor was Fred Courkos, who built the chapel in 18 months at a cost of US$300,000. The chapel was completed in 1956.[3]

The American Institute of Architects gave the Chapel its Award of Honor in 1957. In the sculptor’s words, “Though Catholic in faith, as a work of art the Chapel has a universal appeal. Its doors will ever be open to one and all, regardless of creed, that God may come to life in the souls of all men (and women) and be a living reality.”

In 2007, Arizonans voted the Chapel to be one of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of Arizona,[4] and it is also the site of one of the so-called Sedona vortices.[citation needed]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_of_the_Holy_Cross_(Sedona,_Arizona)

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