Exhibition Information - Show Extended Until April 20th - Sonny Rollins 

LA/San Fernando Valley Historical Jazz Photography Exhibition at
The New Valley Performing Arts Center Gallery on the campus of California State University, Northridge –
“Jazz Passages” by Jon Deshler


For immediate release:

"Spectacular!" Said Howard Rumsey - of the world famous Concerts by the Sea  - "A true treasure of Southern California Jazz History."

January 23 - March 8, 2013 there's an exhibit of over sixty historical images (shot on film) of some of LA's elite musicians, as well as internationally famous jazz names, at the spectacular new Valley Performing Arts Center Galley on the campus of California State University, Northridge. Some notable subjects include the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in 1979, Joe Williams, Peggy Lee, the great Jack Sheldon, Chet Baker, Louie Bellson, CSUN's own Jazz Co-Chair Prof. Gary Pratt, and more.

Photographer, Jon Deshler started taking pictures in the early 1970's and in a few years was hooked on listening to, and shooting, generally in performance, some of the greatest musicians in the world. Those that worked in the studios during the day, recording scores for TV, movies, commercials, and more, would come out at night to play at clubs like Donte's and Carmelo's in the heart of the Valley.

Having grown up in North Hollywood in the '60s and 70's Mr. Deshler, later attended CSUN for two years prior to transferring to the Pasadena, Arts Center College of Design. Mr. Deshler has been published worldwide for clients large and small including: AFLAC, Intel, LA Stage, Nike, Nokia, People’s Bank, Pioneer, Sony, The Oregon Symphony, Willamette Industries, and Xerox.

Deshler, after a thirty-year career in commercial art, has retraced his roots to archive, access, and share this historical record. Scanning over two thousand mostly 35mm negatives this exhibit provides a glimpse into the end of an era prior to the digital revolution from the perspective of a teenage jazz photographer.

The artist reception is February 28th, 5-7, followed at 7:30 pm by the CSUN “A” Band concert, under the direction of Prof. John Daversa, in the VPAC Hall.

The gallery is open prior to performances in the VPAC hall and by appointment.


Jon Deshler




Subject artists include:
Toshiko Akiyoshi, Weather Report, Chet Baker, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Willie Bobo, Red Norvo, Matt Catingub, Lew Tabackin, Bill Watrous, Bobby Shew, Don Menza, Ernie Andrews, Rob McConnell, Joe Rocasano, Les Hooper, Bob Florence, Bobby Bryant, Ray Reed, Marshall Royal, John Gross, Conte Candoli, Pete Candoli, Chuck FIndlay, Alan Kaplan, Bill Yeager, Maynard Ferguson, Count Basie, Al Vizzutti, Leonard Feather, Mavis Rivers, Nat Pierce and Frankie Capp, Allen Broadbent, Peggy Lee, Joe Williams, Bill Berry, Joel  Di Bartolo, Jay Migliori, Steve Huffsteter, Steve Speigle, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Chuck Mangione, Bruce Paulson, Snooky Young, Walt Johnson, Lee Sicard, Gary Pratt, Stu Levy, Nick Ceroli, Freddie Hubbard, Sue Rainey, Bill Holman,
Med Flory, Jack Nimitz, Bill Cosby, Bunny Brunell, Tom Breckline, Joey Baron, Shelley Mann, John Patattucci, Sony Cohn, Bob Summers, Louie Belson, Tom Peterson, Frank Strazzeri, John Madrid, Oscar Brashear, Pete Christlieb, Dick Spencer, Super Sax, Dave Pell, Prez Conference, John Heard, Frank De La Rosa, Jack Sheldon, Nelson Hatt, Rick Baptist, Warren Luening, Bob Shepard, Jake Hanna, Lionel Hampton, Bob Summers, Howard Alden, Gordon Goodwin, Roy Hargrove, Gene Goe, Gary Foster, Bill Perkins, Don Rader, Mike Price, Charlie Looper, Bruce Pauslson, Jim Sawyer, Phil Teele, Sue Rainey, Sherman Ferguson, Gordon Brisker, Dick Berk, Gene Cherico, Snooky Young, Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Andrews, Lanny Morgan, Shelley Mann, and more.


Jon Deshler Bio:

Born and raised in So California, Jon Deshler grew up in the heart of the San Fernando Valley. A third generation Angeleno on his mother's side, from a musical family, with a father from Idaho, Jon was raised in the sunshine in North Hollywood in the 1960s and the '70's.

"I grew up hearing Chopin, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Bacharach, and others on acoustic piano. My mom, dad, grandmother, and uncle all played well. It was really something to hear classics played well by those close to me, in real time, on real instruments, with actual visceral acoustic vibrations resonating throughout the house."

At age 11 Jon began trumpet lessons at Baxter Northup. A year and a half later brought big impact at Madison Jr. High School; under the direction of a young and energetic ensemble teacher - John Stankiewitz. The band, orchestra, and ultimately jazz band began an active relationship between Jon and the music.

"In 1977 Stankiwietz took a group of us to Disneyland where there was a bit of a summer big band jazz festival. It was the first time I saw or heard Maynard Ferguson and his big band. I sat right under Maynard's bell at the Carnation Pavilion, and thankfully for some reason I brought my camera. That roll of film initiated a long endeavor of listening and shooting some of the most incredible musicians in the world.”

Later attending CSUN, and then the Pasadena, Arts Center College of Design, Mr. Deshler eventually relocated to Portland, Oregon and began a journey in the commercial and fine arts that lead to publication and clients worldwide including, but not limited to: AFLAC, HP, Intel, Kodak, LA Stage, Nike, Nokia, People’s Bank, Pioneer, Sequent, Sony, Southern Comfort, Tillamook Cheese, Willamette Industries, and Xerox.