Ken Franckling

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Location Florida, United States
Introduction Ken Franckling is a veteran arts writer and freelance photographer specializing in music photography. Since the early 1980s, he has covered the jazz scene throughout the Northeast with occasional journeys to other regions in pursuit of essential musical moments. He has extended that coverage to Southwest Florida. Ken's serious interest in jazz was formed while involved with the campus radio station at St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York's Snow Belt from 1969 to 1971. It began flourishing in the early 1980s after the Newport Jazz Festival returned to its Rhode Island roots and he began covering that return as a news story while a staff reporter/news editor for United Press International. Ken covered jazz and wrote a regular column, The Jazz Condition, for UPI for more than 20 years, and is now a contributor to the Jazz Journalists Association's newsletter and a contributing writer / photographer for JazzTimes, Hot House, OffBeat, and other publications. He won the Jazz Journalists Association's Lona Foote-Bob Parent Award as Photographer of the Year in 2003 and 2016.