If you appreciate music, it’s impossible not to love jazz!  Photographing the Jazz Masters and Beyond induction ceremony for the Colorado Music Hall of Fame was so much fun!!

The most famous two inductees were Philip Bailey and Larry Dunn from one of the most successful bands of all time, Earth, Wind & Fire!

The voice that absolutely blew me away, was that of SIX time Grammy winner, Dianne Reeves…so glad to have heard her sing!!!

One of the best parts of photographing musicians is when I’m granted all-access… This was a special moment backstage when trumpeter Ron Miles was practicing the notes with his fingers backstage before performing at his induction:

Guitarist, composer and arranger, Bill Frisell and Jazz trumpeter, cornetist, and composer Ron Miles:

A living treasure, meeting 97 years young Charles Burrell was a ball.  He’s hilarious!!  Burrell has been called “the Jackie Robinson of Classical Music” because he was the first African-American to be a member of a major American symphony. The legend shared the stage with Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington and Count Bassie among other legends.

 

While the infrastructure leaves a lot to be desired, there is no question, the people of Haiti are incredible!  Take a look at these smiles!!

Everyone is the same, we like to smile, laugh, play and love!

Based in Colorado, the non-profit, Believe in Haiti is making a real difference in a community outside of Port-au-Prince.  They send children to school, sponsor supplies and uniforms, offer dental check-ups, and provide hundreds of meals a week.  They also offer opportunities for humanitarian trips.  Here are a few images from the Sept 2017 trip which included a visit to a hospital, had a scout project (distributing shoes), and the opportunity to play:

There is so much beauty in Haiti!!

I sure love this event!  Benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Denver, Cuvee Ventures pulls out all of the stops to provide an incredible ambiance for this fundraiser.  The entrance is a long red carpet along the X-Jet and Signature hangars at Centennial Airport, lined with exotic cars and private jets!  Cocktail hour is both inside and out front of the hangar with Denver’s top restaurants, live entertainment, elite private aircrafts and ultra-luxury automobiles:

The party then moves to another hangar for the live program, auction, entertainment, fashion show and afterparty!  A highlight was Payton Manning throwing autographed footballs to bidders…one of which was Denver Broncos wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders:

I sure love this event!

 

I’m not a bicycle rider, however, the scenery, finish line, and racers from the title sponsor, Prologis was almost enough to make me want to try!  There are three different route length options and all of the participants (and fans) were there to support fundraising efforts for Children’s Hospital Colorado.  The scenery was gorgeous and was really fun to incorporate with the pictures of the bicyclists:

Over 2 days around 2,000 riders and 300 volunteers participate.  Depending on the day or the route choice,  riders go through Copper Mountain, Leadville, Minturn, Vail Pass, Frisco, Keystone, and Ute Pass.  As gorgeous as the scenery is, the best scenes are at the finish lines.  Current and former patients, friends and family all cheering on the riders for the great cause of supporting the work of Children’s Hospital:

All in all, a wonderful event that I’m very thankful to have experienced and hope to capture again… Definitely, the most appropriate place I’ve enjoyed a New Belgium Fat Tire Beer!

I sure enjoy working for and supporting the USO.  They support military members and their families around the world!  Had a wonderful time photographing a visit by former United States Secretary of State, Condoleeza Rice.

The story I enjoyed most was about another former Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright.  Albright’s father was Condoleeza Rice’s teacher and Rice was his favorite student. When he passed away, Rice sent a bouquet of flowers and Albright learned who it was from.  Albright called Rice and said, “you were my father’s favorite student, would you like to work together on a campaign?”  Rice replied, “she couldn’t because she was a Republican” and Albright exclaimed, “how can that be, we shared the same father!”

I love hearing stories like these!

  • January 11, 2018 - 7:27 pm

    Sash - Hi there,

    I have a corporate event in Nassau coming up on 1 -2 March, will be two full days. Can you tell me your price? I would need to high res files on thumb drive at the end of each day. Cheer, SashReplyCancel