Every Tuesday night in the summer there is live Jazz at the South End Library which is less than a block from our house. Usually we just listen from our living room – with the windows open we can hear it loud-and-clear. This past Tuesday we were headed out for burgers at the South End Butcher Shop, so on our way we stopped off at the library to hear some music. The Charlie Brown Blues band was playing. Of course I brought my camera.
Charlie Brown Blues Band – Trumpet Player; Leica M9 w/ Canon 135mm f/4
We were a bit far back from the band, so I used a lens that it not that common for Leica shooters: at 135mm “short” telephoto. I had seen some photos shot with one of these lenses so I bought one off of eBay. It was a bargain at $79. I have not had too much opportunity to use it yet, so think of this as a lens test as well as a post about the music. The lens is a Canon LTM mount 125mm f/4 lens. It was made sometime in the 70′s I think. I think it was made of steel, because it is very heavy.
Drums and Bass; Leica M9 w/ Canon 135mm f/4
The band put on a good show. I think they were all in high school. You can tell from the photos that they were pretty young, especially the guitarist. He looked like he was 14 years old. They were all very good for the ages. I am honestly not sure if one of them was Charlie Brown or not, but the trumpeter in the orange/white shirt clearly seemed like he was the band leader. And the other trumpeter was apparently visiting from out-of-state.
The Seemingly 14 Year Old Guitarist and The Dueling Trumpets; Leica M9 w/ Canon 135 f/4
We had a nice time, and then a nice dinner at the Butcher Shop. Maybe next week I will actually leave the house again if I hear music.
And one more photo for good measure.
Trumpet Player w/ Keyboard Player and Guitarist in Background; Leica M9 w/ Canon 135 f/4
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