Larry Roberts has focused his documentation of jazz musicians
on the often overlooked Midwest jazz strongholds of Detroit, Pittsburgh,
and Toledo, Ohio. He also travels regularly to New York City to
investigate its still-thriving jazz scene.
As a photojournalist, Larry has been capturing breathtaking images
since the early 1970s. He began his career in Troy, New York,
allowing him access to train ride-away New York City, and the
turmoil of the era. Following his time in upstate New York, Larry
was based in a variety of other locales, ranging from Columbus,
Ohio to Haifa, Israel.
Taking a break from the on-the-go lifestyle of a photographer,
Larry took a post as editor for Agence France-Presse in Washington,
D.C. and spent a number of years covering politics and famed prize-fights,
including those of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
Changing pace, Larry eventually packed up and left for Toledo,
taking on the role of Director of Photography for The Toledo Blade.
While in Toledo, Larry found a thriving jazz scene in which he
found acceptance among the city’s musicians (in part due
to the work of his son, who was an aspiring jazz saxophonist)
and enjoyed unprecedented access to the music community. He could
regularly be found in the shadows of Murphy’s Place Jazz
Club and the former Rusty’s Jazz Club, both of which regularly
drew top-shelf artists who often made Toledo a stop as they passed
through from New York City to Detroit and Chicago.
Larry eventually moved on to another city with a rich jazz tradition,
Pittsburgh, and took on the role of Assistant Managing Editor/Photography
for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. In his free time he was able
discover Pittsburgh’s jazz scene and found countless opportunities
to capture images showcasing the city’s jazz musicians.
When not photographing jazz, Larry can be found photographing
the daily life of Pittsburghers. He has recently stepped back
into the role of full-time photographer as a visual columnist
for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s new paid-membership website,