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A photo essay by Peter van Breukelen. Words and poem by J.A. Deelder

“happy man” Benjamin Herman

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J

J.A. Deelder

azz was. Jazz is. Jazz happens. Lives. Jazz shakes. Jazz breaks. Jazz gives. Jazz takes. Jazz wants. Jazz gets. Jazz more. Jazz next. Unique. Music. Of flesh and blood. Jazz matters. Minds. Renews. Revives. Incites. Ignites. Defies. Delights. Jazz bothers. Cares. Enlightens. Shares. Jazz hooks. Jazz nails. Jazz stuns. Jazz strikes. Jazz here. Jazz now. Jazz up. Jazz down. Jazz over. Under. Sideways. Round. Jazz razzles. Dazzles. Rattles. Rolls. Jazz cooks. Jazz steams. Jazz burns. Jazz boils. Jazz hoots. Jazz hollers. Whispers. Moans. Jazz feeds. Jazz fuels. Body. Soul. Jazz rocks. Jazz rides. Jazz jumps. Jazz jives. Jazz dances. Bounces. Triggers. Drives. Jazz rips. Jazz roars. Jazz hits. Jazz scores. Jazz slams. Jazz bangs. Jazz kicks. Jazz balls. Jazz counts. Jazz acts. Jazz right. Jazz left. Jazz raises. Rouses. Rises. Romps. Jazz honks. Jazz stomps. Erupts. Explodes. Infects. Inflames. Beguiles. Elates. Jazz swings. Jazz sways. Jazz boots. Jazz wails. Jazz revels. Rebels. Riots. Raves. Jazz gambles. Calls. Jazz battles. Brawls. Enraptures. Captures. Quarters. Draws. Jazz moves. Jazz grooves. Jazz foams. Jazz fumes. Jazz smokes. Jazz blows. Jazz thinks. Jazz knows. Jazz grabs. Jazz holds. Jazz skins. Jazz bones. Jazz cracks. Jazz whips. Jazz shouts. Jazz riffs. Jazz haunts. Jazz taunts. Bedevils. Daunts. Enchants. Enthralls. Compels. Confronts. Jazz scats. Jazz sings. Jazz bets. Jazz wins. Jazz links. Jazz lifts. Jazz fits. Jazz flips. Jazz be. Jazz bops. Jazz rags. Jazz mops. Jazz doodles. Fiddles. Needles. Socks. Jazz ears. Jazz eyes. Jazz laughs. Jazz cries. Jazz hustles. Bustles. Shuffles. Flies. Jazz frees. Jazz fights. Jazz runs. Jazz rights. Jazz cleans. Jazz clears. Jazz cures. Jazz heals. Jazz charms. Jazz flirts. Jazz thrills. Jazz stirs. Aloof. Alight. Alive. Alert. Jazz hot. Jazz cool. Jazz

black.

Jazz

blue.

Jazz works. Jazz reigns. Jazz rules.

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Hisman Hisman

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Saxman Saxman

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Workman Workman

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Nextman Nextman

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Flatman Flatman

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Chairman Chairman

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Keyman Keyman

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Nowman Nowman

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Doorman Doorman

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Strongman Strongman

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Bossman Bossman

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Soundman Soundman

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Deadman Deadman

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Streetman Streetman

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Speedman Speedman

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Headman

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Headman

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Dressman Dressman

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Jazzman Jazzman

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Funman Funman

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Henkman

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Henkman

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Bandman

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Bandman

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Songman

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Songman

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Sideman

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Sideman

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Soulman Soulman

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Dubman

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Dubman

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Buzzman

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Buzzman

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Wellman Wellman

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Leadman Leadman

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Lookman

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Lookman

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Eatman Eatman

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Frontman Frontman

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Fagman Fagman

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Birdman

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Birdman

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Walkman Walkman

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Hornman

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Hornman

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Hitman

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Hitman

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Airman

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Airman

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Sureman Sureman

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Oilman Oilman

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Wiseman

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Wiseman

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Campman Campman

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Joeman Joeman

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Footman Footman

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Danceman Danceman

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Whiteman Whiteman

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Blackman Blackman

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Swingman Swingman

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Madman Madman

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T-man T-man

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Herman Herman

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Freeman Freeman

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Jiveman Jiveman

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Fanman Fanman

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Benman Benman

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1 - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

8 - Keyman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

15 - Streetman - March 11, 2008

Street, Amsterdam

22 - Bandman - May 14, 2007

Rotown, Rotterdam

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2 - Hisman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

9 - Nowman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

16 - Speedman - May 14, 2007

Rotown, Rotterdam

23 - Songman - May 14, 2007

Rotown, Rotterdam

3 - Saxman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

10 - Doorman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

17 - Headman - August 24, 2007

Uitmarkt, Amsterdam

24 - Sideman - October 11, 2007

Isala Theater, Capelle a/d Ijssel

4 - Workman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

11 - Strongman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

18 - Dressman - August 24, 2007

Uitmarkt, Amsterdam

25 - Soulman - May 15, 2007

Demonfuzz Records, Rotterdam

5 - Nextman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

12 - Bossman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

6 - Flatman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

13 - Soundman - February 14, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

19 - Jazzman - September 19, 2007

20 - Funman - September 19, 2007

De Wereld Draait Door, Amsterdam

De Wereld Draait Door, Amsterdam

26 - Dubman - May 15, 2007

Demonfuzz Records, Rotterdam

27 - Buzzman - May 18, 2007

Paradiso, Amsterdam

7 - Chairman - April 3, 2007

Apartment, Amsterdam

14 - Deadman - February 14, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

21 - Henkman - March 11, 2008

Hotel Americain, Amsterdam

28 - Wellman - May 18, 2007

Paradiso, Amsterdam

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29 - Leadman - May 18, 2007

Paradiso, Amsterdam

36 - Hornman - June 10, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

43 - Joeman - December 13, 2007

NuMoon Festival, Rotterdam

50 - T-man - May 15, 2007

30 - Lookman - January 29, 2008

Studio Zeezicht, Spaarwoude

37- Hitman - June 10, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

44 - Footman - July 15, 2007

North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

51 - Herman - April 6, 2007

31 - Eatman - January 29, 2008

Studio Zeezicht, Spaarwoude

38 - Airman - June 6, 2007

Arrow Jazz FM

45 - Danceman - July 15, 2007

North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

52 - Freeman - April 6, 2007

32 - Frontman - May 19, 2007

The Hague Jazz Festival, The Hague

39 - Sureman - July 8, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

46 - Whiteman - July 15, 2007

North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam

53 - Jiveman - April 6, 2007

33 - Fagman - May 19, 2007

The Hague Jazz Festival, The Hague

40 - Oilman - July 8, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

47 - Blackman - March 31, 2008

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

54 - Fanman - April 6, 2007

34 - Birdman - March 1, 2007

Waterfront, Rotterdam

41 - Wiseman - July 8, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

48 - Swingman - March 31, 2008

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

35 - Walkman - March 11, 2008

Alley, Amsterdam

42 - Campman - July 8, 2007

Studio 150, Amsterdam

49 - Madman - March 31, 2008

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

55 - Benman - February 14, 2007

Benjamin Herman Home, Rotterdam

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Rotown, Rotterdam

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

Cruise Terminal, Rotterdam

Lauriersgracht, Amsterdam

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Peter van Breukelen J.A. Deelder * Benjamin Herman

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Angelique van Os or a year he was ‘invisible’. Searching for the best moments

Jules Deelder closes the triangle. A jazz fanatic pur sang, and a poet and

to capture contemporary jazz. Searching for the emotion on

jazz DJ. He wrote the poetic words for this book. In 2006 the documentary

stage, the introspective moments at home and the tension in the

Jazz is my religion about Jules was released and -coincidence doesn’t exist!-

recording studio. Following each step of alto saxophone player

Jules Deelder toured successfully with Benjamin Herman’s band New Cool

Benjamin Herman, the Dutch photographer created a work of art

Collective in fall 2007. Mutual respect and friendship characterize their

which was instantly recognized as a master piece. He won the Silver

relationship.

Camera Award (Art-Culture Category/Series) with a selection of the images that can be found in this book.

Epilogue

The three leading figures of this book have more in common than their love for a jazz life. They are all bound to Rotterdam, hometown of the North

The portraits in Happy Man not only give an inside view of a top level jazz

Sea Jazz Festival, and they like the no-nonsense atmosphere of the city.

musician performing, they also show the man behind the music. By patiently

And all three love the night life. Jules as ‘Night Mayor’ of the city, Benjamin

observing his subject, Peter van Breukelen was able to prove that for

to perform till late at night, and Peter to check out the hot places with

Benjamin jazz is ‘a way of life’. Peter became invisible for his subject. Stayed

his camera. The more abstract similarity is diversity. Each in his own

on the background, and that’s what great photographers do. That is why the

specialism, they all seek they seek for crossings, co-operations through both

photographs show no interventions. No disturbances. The photos show

experimental and classic approaches.

the diversity in the work of Benjamin Herman: collaborating with his band New Cool Collective, with other musicians and working on a special project

The three artists are brought together in this book, though, by their one

with poet Remco Campert. They show nervous preparations backstage,

great passion: jazz! The three lines from Deelder’s poem -Jazz Was. Jazz Is.

or hanging out with friends.

Jazz Happens- absolutely apply to this book. A unique and striking document which shows jazz in terms of visual beauty.

Just unconditional observations of a busy man. A Jazz Man. And a happy man, because Benjamin is living a happy life, as he often says himself. ‘Way back, I set myself to be a happy man, and I made it’, originally a remark of

Peter van Breukelen has created a book that shows: Jazz Rules!

Louis Armstrong, was found by Peter on a tiny cut-out piece of paper in Benjamin’s home.

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Photoman Photoman

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I

started this project January 2007 to create a series of photographs

that would make the viewer experience the intensity of the life of

Acknowledgments

Peter van Breukelen

a remarkable musician, Benjamin Herman. Originally the photos would just be used for the yearly Jazz Art Rotterdam exhibitions at the North

Sea Jazz Festival and on gallery locations in Rotterdam. Finishing

the project much later in March 2008, it ended up with this book and the prestigious Silver Camera Award 2007 for best Cultural Series. Creating this book was a New ‘Hot’ Collective experience.

I thank the following people for unconditionally helping me to realize

this book: Wim van Zon (Music Inspired Art Foundation) and Henk Bothof

(Pure Creatives) for their energy and patience in producing this book and

without whom this book would never have become a reality, Klaartje van den Boogaard (BowPrint), Angelique van Os, Maarten Walraven (cmotion.nl)

for his fine artwork and patience, Jules & Ari Deelder, New Cool Collective, Remco Campert, DOX Records, Photex, Jan Willem Luyken, Claudia Goossen, Victor van Breukelen, Vincent Mentzel, Eric van ‘t Groenewout, all those

talented musicians that crossed my path while following Benjamin, and

all friends that supported me. And, of course, Benjamin Herman and his wife Cathelijne who were always there to help me make the story complete.

I dedicate this book to my late father Peter van Breukelen sr. without whom I would never have become a photographer, and my late mother Helene Boezeman-van Breukelen.

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Colophon All Photographs copyright Š 2008 by Peter van Breukelen. Words & Poem copyright Š 2008 by Jules Deelder. All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form without written permission from the publisher. Printed & bound by: BowPrint International BV www.bowprint.com Publisher: Veenman Publishers Sevillaweg 140 3047 AL Rotterdam - NL info@veenmanpublishers.com www.veenmanpublishers.com ISBN/EAN: 978-90-8690-1760 Photography: Peter van Breukelen Words & Poem: J.A. Deelder Visual concept & design: Maarten Walraven www.cmotion.nl Epilogue: Angelique van Os

Distributed in the Netherlands by: Persell PO Box 23048 3001 KA Rotterdam - NL info@persell.nl www.persell.nl Distributed outside the Netherlands by: D.A.P. 155, Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor New York, NY 10013, USA dap@dapinc.com Exhibitions International Art & illustrated books Kol. Begaultlaan 17 B-3012 Leuven, Belgium orders@exhibitionsinternational.be www.exhibitionsinternational.be Vice Versa Vertrieb Immanuelkirchstr. 12 D-10405 Berlin, Germany info@vice-versa-vertrieb.de. www.vice-versa-vertrieb.de

Peter van Breukelen is represented by: Music Inspired Art Foundation musicinspiredart@gmail.com

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J.A. Deelder

Peter van Breukelen

Jazz Is. Jazz Was. Take a look from the inside at the day-to-day life of jazzman Benjamin Herman. Never before the life of a musician was captured in the intense way master photographer Peter van Breukelen did. The poetic words by Rotterdam night mayor Jules Deelder say it all: Jazz happens. Happy Man is a book that’s bringing together the best in jazz music, jazz poetry and jazz photography.

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