Jef Jaisun has been photographing Blues and Jazz for over 25 years. From the late1970s to early 1980s, he spent 5½ years as Entertainment Columnist and Designated Music Photographer for the Daily Journal-American (Bellevue, WA). Though he photographed everyone from Johnny Cash to Kiss, Jaisun's primary "focus" was always on the great performers of his favorite musical genres, Blues and Jazz. As a devoted follower of these uniquely American art forms, he has amassed thousands of hours photographing the artists who carry on the tradition.
Jaisun is a regular contributor to many national publications. His photograph of blues icon Taj Mahal, taken at the 1999 Chicago Blues Festival, graced the cover of Living Blues magazine's 30th Anniversary issue. His work appears regularly in Blues Revue, and he is staff photographer for two long time Northwest publications, Blue Suede News and Blues To-Do Monthly. He has contributed to countless publications and websites over the years, including The Herald and Rolling Stone.
A typical year finds Jaisun photographing the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, King Biscuit Blues Festival, Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Portland Waterfront Blues Festival, numerous international music events, and the W.C. Handy Awards in Memphis. Last year Jaisun was chosen as Official Photographer for the Handy Awards, and he has been Official Photographer for WWOZ New Orleans Piano Night the past five years.
Jaisun still spends his nights in America's blues and jazz clubs, documenting both national and international artists. His images can be found on CD covers, posters, and numerous artists' Internet web sites.