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Friday, December 31, 2010

Little Feat doing "Auld Lang Syne"???

That's right! Featured artists in the book with a nice "Feat Groove" at the end...

From across the lake...

Photo book "Their Love of Music" takes a personal look at musicians and what makes them tick
Steve Begnoche - Managing Editor

Music, in its purest sense, is an aural experience. Add some emotion and one shouldn’t have to see a thing to enjoy it. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles prove that.

But photographer Stephen Azzato explores what others have discovered: Music, in the form of musicians, make a strong subject for visual arts, too.

Azzato, a network television videographer residing in Chicago, takes an interesting and insightful approach to musicians in “Their Love of Music,” a 252-page coffee table book of portraits of musicians.

These photographs were made often before concerts with a brown cloth background that forces all attention on the musician and the instrument they sometimes brought with them.

The format is simple: one page is the photograph and on the facing page is a a quote from the musician revolving around why the musician does what he or she does and how did they get to where they are in their career?

Simple questions, a simple format, a simple background and a simply stunning book.

Musicians of all pedigree, some famous like blues great Buddy Guy and rockers Steve Miller and George Thorogood, some relatively unknown or a backup player in a “name” musician’s band are featured.

Among those profiled are some top-notch singer-songwriters who might not be household names, Jennifer Peterson, Kristina Milk and, for West Shore Community College Performing Arts Series patrons, 2009-2010 performer Alice Peacock.

Some of the musicians look intense, even in this setting. Eddie “The Chief” Clearwater has the looks of a former NFL linebacker. But his comment shows a look doesn’t say everything. “When I play the blues it’s a good feeling. You could describe it as a spiritual being takes over, way out of the ordinary and puts you in a whole new dimension from yourself.”

Country musician Clint Black has a very happy expression on his face. “The history of country music is on the lyric … you don’t have to be a professor of sociology to get the point,” he observes.

Rosanne Cash, who in late summer performed at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, has a bit of a questioning look, as if she’s trying to see through the camera to the photographer.

Steve Miller looks like a businessman, in his sports coat, open-collared white shirt, and dark glasses. “I don’t think of myself as a rock star,” he said.

[Full review HERE]

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Steve's 'gear'...

A number of people have asked us about Steve’s gear and his approach to shooting the magnificent portraits included in “Their Love of Music”. As a network cameraman for NBC National News, he spends a lot of time behind the camera – both video and still – and has worked with a range of journalists and reporters. So, he gets the interview thing. But, asking a musician ready to go on stage to sit for a portrait? Sounds like ‘photographic suicide’ doesn’t it?

But, he pulled it off. Over one hundred times. Nashville-based singer/songwriter Alice Peacock said in a recent interview, “You’re in a head space to perform, [but] he went snap, snap, snap and that was that. He didn’t want you to pose or get stressed out. He wanted to take people as real people, and looking through the book, that’s what I was struck by. They are candid portraits.” As Steve told Phil Ponce, the host of Chicago Tonight, in an appearance to discuss the book, “I always tell people, ‘relax, be yourself, it’ll be alright’”. Sounds simple enough, but making it work is tougher than it seems.

Having had the opportunity to see Steve work, I can tell you that his vision for the project, preparation for each shoot and his incredibly easygoing demeanor combined with professional photography skills honed over many years of shooting under less than ideal conditions made this collection what it is. Full set-up of backdrop, lighting, and camera in less than ten minutes, complete familiarity with the subjects’ bio including recent events in their life, a full appreciation for the ‘head space’ they’re in at the moment (he is a musician too, after all!), and a clear idea of what he wants to achieve led to shoots that have ranged from a couple of minutes (listen to his Steve Miller story in the aforementioned interview) to forty-five minutes (“some of them enjoyed talking!”). The results speak for themselves.

Now to his gear. Light, easy to load in and set up, and completely familiar to him. In the shoots that I have seen, Steve’s camera seems to almost disappear as he chats with the artist and positions himself effortlessly for the next shot. It’s as if he’s simply in a conversation with the musician and in a sense, he is. Look the faces, the body positions, the expressiveness of the portrait…the musicians aren’t responding to the camera. They’re responding to Steve.

His ‘hardware’ includes:
Camera: Canon EOS 1Ds Mark II
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f 2.8
Light/ Key: One AlienBees B-800 usually set at 1/8 equipped with a Chimera video pro softbox
Iso: 160
Shutter Speed: 180
Apperture: 6.7-8.0
Backdrop: Brown Muslin (2)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

From all of us at Their Love of Music...

...have a safe and very Merry Christmas!!

Is That Santa on the Tele?

Nah, but somebody who sure likes the book...still time to get that final gift for the music/photography lover on your list!! From Grammy-winner Redd Volkaert in an email yesterday...

To: Steve Azzato
From: Redd Volkaert
Subject: Holy Shit!!


That is the coolest looking book I've ever seen. The layout is fantastic, the photo's are incredible, and the paragraphs say it all.

You've done an amazing job on this project.
I'm proud to be included, and want to thank you for including my bandmates and myself to be part of your amazing book!

Thank you and Merry Christmas,
Redd Volkaert

Monday, December 20, 2010

The elves at Quiet Light Publishing...

...want to remind everbody that today is the last day to order a signed copy of "Their Love of Music" in time for Christmas without the pesky expedited delivery charge!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Not too late... see the smiling faces of happy family around the tree! Direct from QLP through tomorrow, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders or your local independent bookstore. Make someone happy on Christmas morning!!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Monday is your last day... order merch from Quiet Light Publishing and be assured of delivery in time for Xmas without special delivery arrangements. Get on over there and grab a gift from the fantastic selection that includes...

Great books, great gifts!

Fantastic article in today's Chicago Sun Times about Richard Mack and Quiet Light Publishing (where ALL items are 15% off!)...Congrats!

Evanston photographer feels call of nature in new book
BY Dave Hoekstra Dec 17, 2010 09:45PM

Richard Mack’s ember photograph of the Missouri River at twilight gently moves off the page into your soul.

I’ve never been absorbed by a photograph in a coffee table travel book as much as this spiritual picture in The Lewis & Clark Trail: American Landscapes.

Taken from the crest of the Double Ditch Indian Site, about 30 miles north of Bismarck, N.D., it was the last shot of the Evanston resident’s first book project.

“I knew at the moment it could be the cover,” he said during a conversation at a Ukraninan Village coffee shop. “It was the end of a two-and-a-half year project. I was standing on a cliff. It was where the Mandan Indians had camped. As Lewis and Clark came by it was fall [Oct. 21, 1804]. You have to frame and wait for the right light, but in the landscape world, most of it is given to you by what’s going on in front of you. That was during the days of film, so if it came out I knew it would be stunning.”

The Lewis & Clark Trail is a 2007 companion piece to Mack’s 2009 Great Smoky Mountains National Park: Thirty Years of American Landscapes.

In October, USA Book News named the Smoky Mountains effort as “Best Book, Nature Photography 2010.”

The landscape books launched Mack’s Quiet Light publishing company to a space where he could do a third coffee table photography book.

Released last month, Their Love of Music features 117 color photographs from Libertyille-based NBC cameraman Steve Azzato. It is the first non-Mack book for the Evanston-based imprint. (All books are $65,

“Book publishing is harder than you think,” said Mack, 55. “You have to become a publisher and everything that entails. But this is the only way you make money — even though it’s not a lot. It’s like the musicians [Dave Alvin, Aaron Neville, Dave Specter and others] in the book. They do it for the love of the music, you do it for the love of the book.”

[Full article HERE]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Need that last gift?

15% percent off EVERYTHING at Quiet Light many days until Christmas?

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Big day at the Rock and Roll...

...Hall of Fame and Museum! In addition to naming this year's class of inductees, they've also ordered "Their Love of Music" for their store! If your holiday plans include a visit to the Hall, make sure you check out the merch!

Even Santa is surprised!!

This is simple. Fifteen-percent off EVERYTHING at Quiet Light Publishing! All books, all notecards, all limited editions…everything! Including our favorite collection of musician portraits!

Use promotion code: DEC2010 and finish your Christmas shopping with us!! Click the link to the right and you're there!

Merry Christmas and thanks for your incredible support!!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just in time for that 'special' Xmas surprise...

Quiet Light Publishing is pleased to announce the first set of Limited Edition Fine Art Prints from the collection Their Love of Music by photographer Stephen Azzato. These prints are from his book of the same name and include the artist’s portrait and quote from the book. Each is personally signed by both the musician and Steve. The editions are strictly limited to 50 prints, are 17”x 22” and printed on Epson archival fine art matte paper using archival inks. The starting price is $450.00 and will rise as the edition sells out. To learn more and place an order, visit Quiet Light Publishing HERE.

Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles

Sunday, December 12, 2010

One of the major reasons...

...Steve took this project on was to be in a position to 'give back'. Well, last night at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation charity auction in Chicago, a copy of the book signed by Steve and Pinetop Perkins and a limited edition print also signed by them both brought a winning bid of $1100. Additionally, a copy of the book and a limited edition print of Dave Brubeck brought $700. Very cool and completely consistent with the vibe of the book! Congrats to all!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Louisiana Music Factory

What a fantastic place to spend an afternoon wanderin', lookin', listenin' and buyin'! The Louisiana Music Factory in New Orleans specializes in regional music of all types from Zydeco to R&B to Jazz and everything along the way. A huge selection of new titles and hard-to-finds in CDs along with videos, DVDs, t-shirts and...books! And - no surprise here - "Their Love of Music" is now on the shelves! And make sure to check out who might be stopping in for a live's one from a couple of years ago featuring one of our favorites, Theresa Andersson! Click HERE to visit them online!

For our friends in the region, get on over an grab a copy of the book before they're gone!!

Satch's Silent Night

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Traditional Yiddish folk tune...

...with some updating by featured artist, Natalia Zukerman. She's joined by Anne Heaton, Meg Hutchinson and Antje Duvekot - all successful solo performers - in the seasonal collaboration, "Winterbloom".

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A Holiday Playlist From "Their Love of Music"

We've started featuring holiday songs by artists included in the book and rather than make ya' wait to see them all, we'll preview the full list so you can listen now and later. A wonderful musical backdrop as you leaf through the book...

Dave Brubeck – A Tannenbaum
Aaron Neville – Louisiana Christmas
Rosanne Cash – How Many Christmases
Michelle Malone – Feels Like Christmas
Clint Black – Milk and Cookies
Loudon Wainwright – Christmas Morning
Blind Boys of Alabama – Silent Night
Shawn Mullins – Home For Christmas
Natalia Zukerman – The Riddle (Tumbalalaika)
Ramsey Lewis – Winter Wonderland
Joe Satriani - Silent Night
Jennifer Peterson – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Peter Himmelman – Light Up The World
Richard Shindell – Mary Magdalene
Shawn Colvin – I Don’t Need Anything This Christmas
Suzy Bogguss – I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day
Lonnie Brooks – Christmas on the Bayou
Shemekia Copeland – Stay a Little Longer, Santa
Allen Toussaint – The Day It Snows On Christmas
Tift Merritt – I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Ann Callaway - Silent Night
George Thorogood - Rock n Roll Christmas
Ingrid Michaelson - Christmas

Aaron Neville's hometown holiday...

Friday, December 3, 2010's time for the holiday tunes...

And let's start with an incredible artist who turns 90 on Monday...yep, that's 90, ninety, 9...0, the BIG nine-oh! Happy Birthday, Dave and thanks for an amazing career of making magnificent music...enjoy Dave Brubeck's take on a holiday classic...

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Congrats to all...

...our 2011 Grammy nominees...

Monday, November 29, 2010

Not that kind of pod...

Here's a podcast of Steve's interview yesterday on Rick Kogan's "Sunday Papers" program...CLICK HERE

Cyber, brick-n-mortar, etc.

Cyber Monday? Well, everyday is a 'cyber' day here...look to the right of this post and you will find three opportunites to buy "Their Love of Music" online...just click and you're there! Need a better idea of what's in the book? Look at the post that precedes this one...

For folks who prefer it, you can find the book the old-fashioned way by walking in to one of the major book retailers and many independents...if your local bookstore doesn't have "Their Love of Music", suggest that they contact Quiet Light Publishing where we'll be happy to provide our wholesale program to them!

Don't forget to take a look at the "What we're hearing" sidebar to read some of the comments we've received that make everyone associated with the book very proud!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

"What's inside the book?"

Portraits and quotes of musicians...some legends, some 'up-and-comers', some just starting out. Here's a sampling...

Rick Kogan sure liked the book!

His suggestion to buy "Their Love of Music" as a holiday gift in his conversation with Steve during this morning's interview was unprompted!


But it is a great idea!

Jump over to Quiet Light Publishing and get yours signed by Steve for that special person who loves music, photography and art.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Listen up!

Just a reminder for those of you up early tomorrow...Steve will be Rick Kogan's guest on his radio show, The Sunday Papers, between 7 - 7:30 a.m. He'll be talking about the book and sharing stories from the 'shoots' at WGN Radio 720 and online RIGHT HERE

Friday, November 26, 2010

That's a good idea...

Back from the mall?

No luck with the "amazing blowout deals"?

Still hoping to find that perfect present?

Go to Quiet Light Publishing and select an elegant gift book that will be personally inscribed by the author. Take advantage of the special offer on the set of three current offerings from QLP, purchase some note cards or check out their posters and prints...

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Spared no expense...

...on this promotional piece!

Help a turkey and avoid Black Friday mayhem...go to Quiet Light Publishing and buy your gifts there!! The authors sign all books purchased!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Thanks to everyone who came out last night for the official launch of "Their Love of Music"! It was a fantastic evening!

Monday, November 22, 2010


Come out tonight, meet Steve and have him personalize your copy of "Their Love of Music"! Should be big fun!

Book Launch Party at SPACE, 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Chicago Sun Times, Saturday 11/20

Great piece...

NBC cameraman points lens at musicians in new book
BOOKS | NBC’s Azzato goes from ‘Today’ to still photos in three-year labor of love

November 20, 2010


For Stephen Azzato’s beautiful book Their Love of Music, the 117 color photographs were shot in a portable studio instead of concerts, fancy hotels and the back seats of limousines. So Dave Alvin, Luther Dickinson, Buddy Guy and other distinctive musicians appear in relaxed settings, giving the coffee-table book a sense of accessibility.

A book release party is set for 6-10 p.m. Monday at SPACE, 1275 Chicago in Evanston. SPACE co-owner and fine blues guitarist Dave Specter also is featured in the 252-page book ($65, Quiet Light Publishing; Some of the subjects of the book, including Anna Fermin and Nora O’Connor, will be on hand.

Pinetop Perkins, the 97-year-old iconic blues pianist, was photographed at the House of Blues by Stephen Azzato. He landed on the cover of Azzato’s book Their Love of Music, which will be unveiled at a party Monday at SPACE.

Azzato comes at the music with a different perspective than better-known music photographers such as Annie Leibovitz, Chicago’s Paul Natkin and the late Jim Marshall.

A Libertyville resident, Azzato is an NBC cameraman for the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams.”

“I’m not an established photographer,” said Azzato, 52. “This project started three years ago as a passion to see where it would go. I knew people in the music industry doing interviews for NBC, but not [at] the level of these people. It wasn’t until I got people like Aaron Neville and Steve Miller involved in the book that other people jumped on board. But then I didn’t want the book to be filled with famous people. I wanted people who were out there every night, giving the audience everything, but not filling huge stadiums.”

Azzato carried his muslin backdrop to venues such as FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, the House of Blues (where blues pianist Pine­top Perkins, who appears on the book’s cover, was photographed), SPACE and others. He shot digitally with a Canon high-resolution camera. Each photo is accompanied by a few lines of text in the artist’s own words.

For one photo, Azzato grabbed singer-songwriter Alice Peacock before a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sitting down for a portrait is the last thing most artists want to do before a gig.

“You’re in a head space to perform,” Peacock said. “He went snap, snap, snap and that was that. He didn’t want you to pose or get stressed out. He wanted to take people as real people, and looking through the book, that’s what I was struck by. They are candid portraits.”

[Original article here]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sun Times piece.... Dave Hoekstra on "Their Love of Music"...

Love of the Game
By David Hoekstra on November 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBacks (0)

One of my favorite country music songs is Lefty Frizzell's 1973 hit "I Never Go Around Mirrors."

And I don't like cameras much either.

I like to take pictures of two lane highways, sunsets, rusty neon signs and girl friends. I have more than 200 color slides and 150 black and whites of my 1991 Route 66 trip from Chicago to the Santa Monica Pier. Watch out.
But I hate to have my picture taken.

So it was hard for me to focus on the fact that Libertyville photographer Stephen Azzato actually took some portraits before artists went on stage for his passionate book "Their Love Of Music." [$65, Quiet Light Publishing, Evanston.]

The elegant coffee table book features 117 color photographs with minimalist commentary from the artists. Don't miss the book release party between 6-10 p.m. Nov. 22 at SPACE, 1275 Chicago Ave. in Evanston. There's a cash bar and complimentary hors d'oevures.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Steve on the airwaves again...

On November 28th, Steve will be Rick Kogan's guest on his WGN program, The Sunday Papers, talking about "Their Love of Music" and sharing some stories about the genesis of the book, the journey along the way and how it feels to be a published author. Available on your radio or online at

Kogan has written for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and Chicago Tribune, where he is now a senior writer and columnist for the Sunday magazine. Kogan has been named Chicago's Best Reporter, Chicago's Greatest Living Journalist, and in 2003, he was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great news for next week!

The amazingly talented Anna Fermin will not only be signing her portrait in the book, but she'll be playing a set for us as well! Here's a vid of a full band show at SPACE a while back with none other than Grant Tye, another featured artist in "Their Love of Music", playing that well-worn and much-loved Strat! Check back later in the week for more surprises!

Monday, November 15, 2010

One week from today!

Book Launch Party - "Their Love of Music" with photographer Steve Azzato

Time Monday, November 22 · 6:00pm - 10:00pm


Location S.P.A.C.E.
1245 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL

Created By Tom Oakley

In ‘Their Love of Music’ photographer Steve Azzato has captured the essence of the creative spirit in the faces and words of the musicians themselves. In the simple quiet of a green room, without the crowds or bandmates or tour managers, Azzato’s photographs transcend the chaos of the stage and the intensity of the studio to reveal the inner spirit that drives each of his subjects.

Join Steve and publisher, Richard Mack, to celebrate the release of this fabulous collection which has been hailed by no less than Terry Stewart, CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as “Unlike anything I have ever seen!” Steve will be signing all books purchased and samples of Limited Edition prints from the book will be on display.

Cash Bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

One of the things...

...we are hearing consitently about "Their Love of Music" is comments on the incredible mix of artists included in the book. Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum said, "I really like the fact that there are plenty of people I know and plenty of people I don't".

Joe Shanahan, founder and owner of one of Chicago's premier venues, Metro, echoed that sentiment when he said, "I applaud you for finding the guys and gals that do not get the press or presence...these days. They get the short end of the press and photo ops, but are essential to all bands and music communities."

Tune in tomorrow around 8:25 EST/7:25 CST as Steve discusses that aspect of the book and more with Lester Holt on the Today Show...and he'll probably mention a few folks you know and some you don't, but should!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


After your run, before your 10k ride, in your PJs with a coffee, whatever...check out Steve and Lester Holt on the plaza at the Today Show talking about "Their Love of Music"...Saturday, November 13th in the show's first hour (8a.m. EST, 7a.m. CST)...

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Our "Cover Man"...

Steve and Richard recently had a chance to sit with the incredible Pinetop Perkins as he autographed some copies of the book! What a treat!!