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JazzPics Exhibition

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 .

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Rainbow Crow

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)

 

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Rainbow Crow

(Lenni Lenape Tribe)
retold by
S. E. Schlosser

It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in. But the cold increased tenfold, and they began to worry. The little animals were being buried in the snow drifts and the larger animals could hardly walk because the snow was so deep. Soon, all would perish if something were not done.”We must send a messenger to Kijiamuh Ka’ong, the Creator Who Creates By Thinking What Will Be,” said Wise Owl. “We must ask him to think the world warm again so that Spirit Snow will leave us in peace.”The animals were pleased with this plan. They began to debate among themselves, trying to decide who to send up to the Creator. Wise Owl could not see well during the daylight, so he could not go. Coyote was easily distracted and like playing tricks, so he could not be trusted. Turtle was steady and stable, but he crawled too slowly. Finally, Rainbow Crow, the most beautiful of all the birds with shimmering feathers of rainbow hues and an enchanting singing voice, was chosen to go to Kijiamuh Ka’ong.It was an arduous journey, three days up and up into the heavens, passed the trees and clouds, beyond the sun and the moon, and even above all the stars. He was buffeted by winds and had no place to rest, but he carried bravely on until he reached Heaven. When Rainbow Crow reached the Holy Place, he called out to the Creator, but received no answer. The Creator was too busy thinking up what would be to notice even the most beautiful of birds. So Rainbow Crow began to sing his most beautiful song.

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.

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THE EPIC SAXOPHONIST

Here’s a portrait of the amazing sax player Kamasi Washington. He just released an incredible album mixing, jazz, funk and hip hop that shocked me ! You must check out that incredible musician!

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Meeting with Marcus Miller

Here are some souvenir pics from a cool meeting with the awesome musician and bass player Marcus Miller . He posed with the GOREE painting that he especially liked.

His manager Bernard Dulau kindly posed with the tribute painting to the great Jazz producer and lover FRANCIS DREYFUS.

Thank You gentlemen for your warm welcome !

 

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BYRON MILLER PSYCHO BASS PAINTING

Here’s a painting I did for Byron Miller to celebrate his Psycho Bass CD who came out JUne 1st. Byron in a space suit ready to play the space funk with the late great George Duke watching after him :-)  (click on the pic to enlarge it)

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Byron Miller’s PSYCHO BASS CD booklet

I am proud to announce the release on  JUNE 1st of the 2nd CD for which I illustrated the booklet. The fourth album of Byron Miller, the Funk bassist who collaborated with George Duke and Luther Vandross ! He created the first funk bass solo that became a reference of its kind on the track “Reach For It” for George Duke in 1977! What a privilege to be a part of his new project. You can already preorder it on Itunes or Amazon for digital download or CD :-)

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All is Well !

Here’s a portrait of Lisa Simone , Nina Simone’s daughter, who is a brilliant jazz & soul singer . She released her 1st album “All is Well” this year. She has a great voice and has found her way far from the shadow of her mother the awesome Nina Simone. (clic on the pic to enlarge it)

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Katche/Bona/Di Battista/Legnini : The ultimate quartet

Here’s a painting of the 4 amazing jazz musicians Manu Katche, Richard Bona, Stefano di Battista and Eric Legnini  playing together . These four musicians have come together to form an incredible quartet with beautiful compositions that occurs occasionally. Don’t miss them on stage! (click on the pic to enlarge it)

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Rainbow Shadow CD booklet

I’m proud to be a part of Reggie Washington’s new opus to come on June 1st 2015 called : “Rainbow Shadow” a tribute to Jef Lee Johnson. This album is dedicated to the music of the late great guitar player Jef Lee Johnson who passed away in January 2013. You must listen to that gem which magnified Jef Lee Johnson’s music with great guests ! The CD booklet and the CD itself is decorated with some of my paintings for this project . Thanks to Reggie Washington and Stefany Calembert from Jammincolors to use my artworks for that beautiful project.

You can preorder that CD by sending an email to jammincolors@gmail.com.

 

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Tribute to Marcus Miller’s Slave Route Project

Here’s a painting in tribute to the upcoming CD of Marcus Miller “Afrodeezia” inspired by his involvement as a Goodwill Ambassador to UNESCO on the Slave Route Project. This album is a beautiful one and honors the African rhythms that were transported to new continent by the slaves who had the opportunity to express themselves only through music …. (clic on the pic to enlarge it)
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“FACE THE MUSIC” Exhibition

Eating a good housemade burger or having a just a drink among Marvin Gaye, Maceo Parker, Ibrahim Maalouf and other artists?
It is at the ” Coltrane Bar”& ” Cosmo Restaurant”, 38-40 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth Paris 3rd arrondissement beginning today!
The paintings exhibition “Face the Music” has just begun! Please share the event and enjoy your meal:-)

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French Jazz & Rock Flavour

Here’s a double portrait of the great french singer Sandra Nkaké and the great flute player Jî Dru. They are 2 amazing french talents and You must listen to their music !

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Psycho Bass draw

Here’s a little draw I’ve made for the upcoming CD of the great bass player Byron Miller “Psycho Bass”. Some fun drawing acrylique on paper. (not for sale)

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Old friends

Here’s a painting of 2 Jazz legends : George Duke and Al Jarreau. I had the envy to reunite them on a canvas after listening to Al Jarreau’s latest CD “My Old Friend ” which is a tribute to the late George Duke who passed away in August 2013. I love those 2 artists and had the honor to meet George Duke a few times. Al Jarreau’s CD is a  really beautiful tribute that You must listen to (click on the pic to enlarge it)

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Cold Duck

Here’s a commissionned portrait of the late great saxophone player Eddie Harris who composed the great jazz standard “Cold Duck”. Amazing musician and composer ! The artwork’s background is featuring the theme of his 1st solo album called “Exodus to Jazz”. (click on the pic to enlarge it)

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Young voice from Canada

Here’s a portrait inspired by  the latest album of Nikki Yanofsky : “Little Secret”. Please check her out : She’s a great Young talented pop and jazz singer !NY - Copie

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AOR from Rio

Here’s a portrait of the brasilian musician and singer Ed Motta. I made it as a tribute to his latest CD “AOR” that I love very much! A very cool West Coast’s Rock tribute CD :-)

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Snarky Jazz

Here’s my latest artwork : a painting of the jazz fusion group Snarky Puppy. Those young guys are rocking! A must seen on stage.(clic on the pic to enlarge it )

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Meeting with my musical hero : George Benson !

Here’s a souvenir pic of a dream come true for me. A meeting with the great George Benson after his show at La Cigale on June 30th in Paris. Thank You for your kindness and your time for me George :-)

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Snarky Puppy B&W sketch

Here’s a pic af the Snarky Puppy band posing with a B&W sketch on canvas of my next painting after their great concert at Paris Jazz Festival. Incredible band with awesome musicians!(clic on the pic to enlarge it)

 

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FERTE-JAZZ 2014 EXHIBIT

Here are some pictures of the exhibit I had the honor to make for the VIP room at Ferté-Jazz Festival 2014. Great music for 3 days and great meeting with amazing musicians !

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Jazz Accordion

Here’s a portrait of the great accordion player and jazz composer Richard Galliano . (Clic on the pic to enlarge it)

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Blues man

Here’s my latest artwork : a portrait of the great Lucky Peterson ! (Click on the pic to enlarge it)

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Piano on the radio

Here’s my latest artwork. A portrait of the great jazz piano player and composer, Robert Glasper. I love his work and the multi musical influences he brings to his jazz music. (Clic on the pic to enlarge it)

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>>Robert Glasper gallery page

 

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