In previous years I would be hanging out in a jazz bar a night or two most weeks of the year. A solitary activity for the most part – my way of indulging for a couple of hours. I set up a jazz photo blog as an excuse so people didn’t think I was too strange drinking alone in a dark room. But life has a way of prioritising your time, and I dont get a chance to get out much anymore. I mainly shoot paid gigs now. Shooting for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival forces me out of the house and I can indulge in an intesive kind of way for a week in the year. Anyway, I could only do a few gigs this year, some of my favourite shots are below. Check out lakisideris.com/melbournejazzphotos/ for some pretty amazing local and international talent.