Here’s a paortrait of the great music composer and trombone player Fred Wesley ! He was James Brown’s musical director and is now touring with his own band the New JB’s . (click on the pic to enlarge it)
Here’s a portrait of the french singer , songwriter and musician Yael Naïm. She’s a successfull young artist who sings jazz , pop and folk songs.
That painting was done to decorate the upcoming Jazz festival Ferté Jazz 2016 next spring (Click on the pic to enlarge it )
Here’s a tribute painting to the creator of the elements “Earth Wind and Fire”, the one and only Maurice White. He was one of my musical heroes and a part of my youth fade away with his passing…He will always be our Shining Star
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Here’s a painting of Roy Hargrove ‘s quintet. I wanted to do something about those great musicians I’ve seen a lot on stage :Sullivan Fortner (Piano) , Justin Robinson (Sax), Ameen Saleem (Bass) , Quincy Philips (Drums) and of course Roy Hargrove, the amazing trumpet player : one of my favourite who wrote a great piece of music about a place we know very well in Paris : “Strasbourg Saint Denis” (clic on the pic to enlarge it)
I will have a new exhibition with my friend, the jazz stage photographer Paul Charbit, at Théâtre Claude Debussy in Maisons-Alfort from September 28th to October 17th. Vernissage will take place on October 1st et Théâtre Debussy 6.30 pm.
Hope You’ll come to see our 40 paintings and jazz scene pictures in that beautiful place .
Here’s another huge painting for my friend Jef Lee Johnson who passed away on January 2013. I made that painting for my next exhibition that will occure in october 2015. Jef called himself the rainbow crow after an american indian legend. Here’s the painting pisc and you can discover and read the legend under the pic (click on the pic to enlarge it)
The Creator was drawn from his thoughts by the lovely sound, and came to see which bird was making it. He greeted Rainbow Crow kindly and asked what gift he could give the noble bird in exchange for his song. Rainbow Crow asked the Creator to un-think the snow, so that the animals of Earth would not be buried and freeze to death. But the Creator told Rainbow Crow that the snow and the ice had spirits of their own and could not be destroyed.
“What shall we do then?” asked the Rainbow Crow. “We will all freeze or smother under the snow.”
“You will not freeze,” the Creator reassured him, “For I will think of Fire, something that will warm all creatures during the cold times.”
The Creator stuck a stick into the blazing hot sun. The end blazed with a bright, glowing fire which burned brightly and gave off heat. “This is Fire,” he told Rainbow Crow, handing him the cool end of the stick. “You must hurry to Earth as fast as you can fly before the stick burns up.”
Rainbow Crow nodded his thanks to the Creator and flew as fast as he could go. It was a three-day trip to Heaven, and he was worried that the Fire would burn out before he reached the Earth. The stick was large and heavy, but the fire kept Rainbow Crow warm as he descended from Heaven down to the bright path of the stars. Then the Fire grew hot as it came closer to Rainbow Crows feathers. As he flew passed the Sun, his tail caught on fire, turning the shimmering beautiful feathers black. By the time he flew passed the Moon, his whole body was black with soot from the hot Fire. When he plunged into the Sky and flew through the clouds, the smoke got into his throat, strangling his beautiful singing voice.
By the time Rainbow Crow landed among the freezing-cold animals of Earth, he was black as tar and could only Caw instead of sing. He delivered the fire to the animals, and they melted the snow and warmed themselves, rescuing the littlest animals from the snow drifts where they lay buried.
It was a time of rejoicing, for Tindeh – Fire – had come to Earth. But Rainbow Crow sat apart, saddened by his dull, ugly feathers and his rasping voice. Then he felt the touch of wind on his face. He looked up and saw the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be walking toward him.
“Do not be sad, Rainbow Crow,” the Creator said. “All animals will honor you for the sacrifice you made for them. And when the people come, they will not hunt you, for I have made your flesh taste of smoke so that it is no good to eat and your black feathers and hoarse voice will prevent man from putting you into a cage to sing for him. You will be free.”
Then the Creator pointed to Rainbow Crow’s black feathers. Before his eyes, Rainbow Crow saw the dull feathers become shiny and inside each one, he could see all the colors of the rainbow. “This will remind everyone who sees you of the service you have been to your people,” he said, “and the sacrifice you made that saved them all.”
And so shall it ever be.