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Biography - Mars Breslow

            Downbeat jazz photographer Mars Breslow has exhibited his jazz photographs internationally. His lifelong interest in jazz has prompted him to construct his own photo laboratory and studio at home in order to visually portray the essence of jazz musicians in performance situations. His photograph of Oscar Peterson, captured in performance one evening at Carnegie Hall in New York appeared in the September, 1999 issue of Jazz Now magazine accompanied by a descriptive article composed by Mars reviewing the concert. His jazz photographs of internationally acclaimed musicians in action at the jazz festivals and clubs in America and Europe have also been featured in Downbeat and Jazziz magazines. He also had other photographs of prominent jazz artists adorn the walls in New York clubs as well as Bay Area night spots such as Yoshi's, Storyville, Pier 23 and Jazz at Pearl's.

             Once the day manager of the city's now - defunct premier jazz club, the Keystone Korner, Mars helped to coordinate and eventually photograph 167 veteran jazz musicians on the steps of City Hall in San Francisco (May 18, 1999). Entitled, "Bay Area Giants of Jazz", the image (featured in the February, 2000 issue of Downbeat) was considered a monumental achievement inspired by the famous photograph, "A Great Day in Harlem", shot by Art Kane on the steps of the urban New York apartment building in 1958, showcasing the legendary jazz musicians of the era. His decision to embrace jazz photography by chronicling jazz musicians has lead to the invaluable contribution Mars has made in regard to the creation of the book, Jazzography.

Publications :

Jazzography - Profiles of Regional Jazz Musicians Who Perform in San Francisco. Larkdale Press, 2000.

   Available in the San Jose and San Francisco Public Libraries as well as selected book and record stores.

Downbeat Magazine - various issues

Jazziz Magazine - various issues

Jazz Now  Magazine - various issues

San Francisco Chronicle - various dates

San Francisco Examiner - various dates

San Francisco Examiner Magazine - October 5th, 1997

Arts & Leisure - September 19th, 1996

The San Francisco Jazz Festival program guide.

The Stanford Jazz Workshop program guide.

The Monterey Jazz Festival program guide.

Cover Photo - Oscar Peterson CD Recording "Tenderly" on Regis Records.

Oscar Peterson image featured on the 50th anniversary 2007 calendar for the Canadian Council for the Arts.


Radio interviews:

KCSM FM 91.1,hosted by Chris Cortez, January 3, 1999

KCSM FM 91.1,hosted by Clifford Brown Jr., September 5, 2000

KPFA FM 94.1, hosted by Doug Edwards, April, 1997

KPOO FM 89.5, hosted by Denise Mauder, September, 1999

KCSM FM 91.1 hosted by Jesse Chuy Varela, January 7th, 2008


Television interviews:

KRON TV4 hosted by Henry Tenenbaum on August 22, 2004



Yoshi's, Oakland, CA.

San Francisco Arts Commission, CA.

  • Jazz Images exhibit at San Francisco City Hall (August 25th through October 30th, 2004)
  • Reception: Thursday, September 9th, 2004 between 5:30 - 7:30pm

Exposed Gallery, San Francisco, CA.

Vesuvio's, San Francisco, CA.

Royal Grounds, San Francisco,CA.

The Fillmore Jazz Heritage Center - Award winning photographs of Oscar Peterson, John Handy, Celia Cruz, Allen Smith, and Vernon Alley

  • To be on exhibited in 8' x 8' cabinets spanning Fillmore and Eddy Streets in San Francisco.