Jak Kilby (29 April 1949 – 3 January 2020)

Labelled as a ‘Jazz photographer’ by some, and a ‘World Music photographer’ by others Jak, whose expertise and skills were widely recognized, always responded saying all Jazz is ‘World Music’ and all ‘World Music’ is Jazz!

His photographic archive which includes music, dance, theatre and portraiture has been widely exhibited and extensively published in all the major broadsheets, numerous magazines and countless book publications including the Rough Guide to World Music; the Rough Guide to Jazz and Jazz–A Photographic Documentary. Major clients included the BBC, the British Council, fRoots Magazine, The Wire, Q News, and Union Square Music.

Jak’s archive includes some rare 1968 images of David Bowie as Cloud in ‘Pierrot in Turquoise’ and a great collection of portraits of Lindsay Kemp, Marc Bolan, Art Pepper and a 25 year old Arlene Phillip. His gentle presence and extensive knowledge is much missed.

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Jak Kilby Official Website

Jak Kilby Obituary, the Guardian, Richard Williams, 15 Jan 2020

Jak Kilby on Discogs

Ginger Johnson's African Drummers with MICK JAGGER and THE ROLLING STONES at Blackhill Enterprises free concert in
Hyde Park, London, UK;
5 July 1969
Credit: Jak Kilby / ArenaPAL

LUCKY DUBE (South Africa) singing at the
Womad Festival, Rivermead, Reading, UK;
23 July 1994
Credit: Jak Kilby / ArenaPAL

FELA 'ANIKULAPO' KUTI & EGYPT 80 (Nigeria), with Fela's spiritual advisor, Professor Hindoo (left) and his 'Queens'
at the Academy, Brixton, London, UK;
12 November 1983
Credit: Jak Kilby / ArenaPAL

JOHN LENNON (born John Winston Lennon, Liverpool, UK, 9 October 1940, died New York, USA, 8 December 1980) while playing feedback guitar with Yoko Ono, John Tchicai, John Stevens and Trevor Watts, in the live performance which was released on the album, 'Unfinished Music No 2; Life with the Lions' at
Natural Music Festival, Lady Mitchell Hall, Cambridge, UK, 2 March1969
Credit: Jak Kilby / ArenaPAL


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