I spent the last few years photographing and assisting in the branding of 'Ida Blue'; a Brooklyn-born blues band. Most of the photos were taken of the band during live gigs; others were impromptu portraits of phenomenal front woman 'Miss Ida', herself. I used available light in each venue- a bare light bulb in stair well; a piano lamp; votive candles; reflections from a tin ceiling... I loved the varying results as well as the pure joy of documenting the unfolding of the group's story. There was a great rotation of some of NYC's finest blues and jazz musicians joining in on any given night; and instruments from a clarinet, to a bass saxophone, a banjo, or baby grand on stage... I loved every single gig as music lover, photographer, friend, and fan.