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Natick, MA 01760

Summer Street Gallery

Art Exhibitions at TCAN

Artist of the Month
Jeff Thiebauth

October -  November


My photo journey began with the music. I consumed it, trying to learn as much about musicians, bands, splinter bands & chronology as I possibly could. Payday on Friday, a trip to the record store on Saturday. $25-30 spent, a return trip home with 7 or 8 LP’s under my arm. Mostly rock, then blues, folk, fusion, finally jazz.

Back then I had only begun to use a 35mm SLR film camera–an old Minolta SRT 201 with 50mm & 135mm lenses - and was just learning black & white darkroom as well. And so, one very cold evening in February 1978 ,I slipped into the Paradise Club in Boston to see a favorite of mine, drummer Billy Cobham. He had played with the legendary guitarist John McLaughlin in the Mahavishnu Orchestra a few years before and done a solo LP ‘Spectrum’ that had me routinely cranking the stereo volume up to 10. Back in the late 70's photo access to performers was virtually unlimited - especially in the small clubs-and this was the case that evening so many years ago. Drifting around the edges of the stage, looking for an ideal angle on Cobham sitting behind his massive drum kit, a click here, a click there. Home to process the single roll of Tri-X 400 b&w film I had shot and there it was–a beautiful, crisp, perfectly exposed frame showing him surrounded by drums & cymbals, glaring in my direction. From then on the Minolta joined me at every show I could get a ticket to.

Today, I still go to shows, but typically without camera. Nonetheless, on occasion, the old fire is rekindled and I bring my digital along, holding out hope that I won’t be hassled and told to remove it from the hall or club. Sometimes, I do get it into a venue and once again experience the pleasure of photographing a musician in concert. And occasionally I come up with something I think looks good like the pics of guitarist Adrian Bellew. A bit more luck may be involved in getting photos taken these days, but it can be done!

And so, as time has passed I have begun to realize how special my small collection of performance photographs truly is. Some artists, such as the beloved Irish guitar icon Rory Gallagher, are no longer with us and as such his set of images means a great deal to me. Joe Strummer, Fela Kuti, Stevie Ray, Lester Bowie - the list of those seen here and who are now gone continues on & on. Although I have only a handful of frames of many of the musicians whose live performances I attended, they are perhaps some of the most precious images I’ve ever made.

Jeff‘s work can be viewed at and he can be reached by email at:

Jeff will be at TCAN Saturday November 18 from 12pm - 2pm to discuss his photography


All Pieces are available for purchase at any time during the run of the exhibit. Price lists are available for view in the TCAN lobby. Purchased pieces can be picked up at the conclusion of the exhibit. If you are interested in reserving a piece, please contact the Box Office at (508) 647-0097 during regular box office hours.



Hours: The Gallery is open to the general public during box office hours: 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Friday, and 11am -2pm Saturday. TCAN is closed on Mondays and Sundays except for performances.


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