Herman Leonard the jazz scene American photographer has passed away at age 87 years on August 14th, 2010...noted for his great and iconic photographic images of jazz artists beginning with his arrival on the New York jazz scene in 1948-49. He was the first photographer to ever receive a Grammy Foundation Grant (given to him in 2008) which allowed the preservation and digitizing of Leonard's nearly 60,000 negatives that had been saved from the flooding due to the Katrina hurricane disaster. He lost about 8,000 prints when his New Orleans, LA studio was damaged by the flood. His Wikipedia profile is available by clicking here. You can sign his Legacy.com Guestbook by clicking here. Herman Leonard's official website can be reached by clicking here. A more detailed obituary is available via the Los Angeles Times article here. Mr. Leonard's family has requested that people wishing to honor Mr. Herman Leonard simply donate to the New Orleans' Musicians Clinic.
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