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Jazzed over his photographs

For years, the work of a St. Petersburg photographer has been featured in books, magazines and CD liner notes about jazz musicians of the 1950s and '60s. Now, Herb Snitzer is making an even bigger splash.

He just completed a successful five-month exhibit in the Ferman Gallery at the Tampa Museum of Art. And his latest book, Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir, which was released in February, captured the attention of the editors of JAZZIZ Magazine.

The result is an eight-page spread in the magazine's summer edition, which will be on newsstands until September. The national magazine, which has been publishing for more than 25 years, is widely considered to be the voice of the jazz culture.

Snitzer, who moved to the Sunshine City in 1992, has a studio at Salt Creek Artworks at 1600 Fourth St. S. His book is a memoir of the time he spent capturing the images of jazz greats.

What's next for Snitzer?

Next month, he will be inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in Tulsa.

"I don't know how they found me," Snitzer said, laughing. "I have a pretty good reputation in the jazz world."

But Snitzer hasn't limited himself to jazz. He has photographed civil rights demonstrations and historic sites, athletes and movie stars. His work hangs in museums and galleries across the country.

Snitzer isn't the only family member in the spotlight. His nephew, saxophonist Andy Snitzer of New York City, is on tour with Paul Simon and is featured on the inside back cover of the same magazine for his new CD, Traveler.

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There's a new publication competing for African-American readers in St. Petersburg and nearby communities. Launched in May, the weekly St. Pete Bulletin touts itself as the "area's best black public sources."

The paper is published by St. Petersburg native Richard Love, who divides his time between St. Petersburg and Long Beach, Calif., where he publishes another weekly.

"There was a need for media that relates to the black community, that relates to our lifestyle," said Love, who said he was encouraged by "several stakeholders" in the community to launch the publication.

Love said he uses local radio to connect with potential readers, including what he calls "a shout out" on WTMP-FM 96.1 and WTMP-AM 1150 from 7:58 to 8:10 a.m. on Thursdays.

Love said there are about 44,000 readers in his target audience. The free paper is available at several locations in St. Petersburg.

So far, advertising is nil, Love said. "We're understaffed and overworked, but I'm looking for a marketing professional who can help."

He's also got competition. The Weekly Challenger and the Powerbroker also target the African-American community.

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In the arts community, meanwhile, there's a buzz about an online news magazine called New Roots News.

The magazine — which is published by St. Petersburg native Nick Hinkley, 26, and Atlanta transplant Lily Reisman, 27 — has joined forces with Studio Review, the former publication of the Studio@620.

When the two publications combined, they achieved "a different level," said Hinkley. "The content and the audience and the reasons for us to continue to publish evolved and changed. The goal was to take the Studio Review out of print, develop content and a brand, then maybe put it back in print at a later time. Right now, we're trying to develop our voice first and go from there."

Hinkley is the owner of Realizing Media, which does developing, consulting and design work, including iPad apps and websites. Its office, originally in the Central Corporate Center at 695 Central Ave., is now above the Studio@620 at 620 First Ave. S.

Sandra J. Gadsden is an assistant metro editor, community news. She can be reached at sgadsden@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8874.

Jazzed over his photographs 07/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 5:31am]

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