Tomorrow, I’m going to Friday’s at Five, a digital jazz concert. I’ll stay right here in my room.
I love to go to jazz concerts with my son. Before the lights are turned down low, we order a glass of wine and settle down for the show. I listen for a bit then I start sketching – eye to hand to paper. It’s dark during the concert so it’s always a surprise to see how the sketches turned out. My subject matter won’t be live performers. I’m looking forward to seeing what I’ll produce!
Check out. sfjazz.org. New videos will be posted on YouTube every Tuesday and there is an interesting selection of playlists to listen to on Spotify.
The guy sitting over there on the right. His foot kept bobbing up and down, like it just kept it’s own rhythm with music that filled the room. It was just an ol’ dark shoe with a pointed toe, not new.
About that foot, that shoe. It was more than a dark ol’ shoe. It was full of color and sound, soul. It didn’t care who was watching.
Been thinking about the red hat that came out on stage. I don’t care if you all are in suits and ties and no suits and no ties
I’m big and brassy. I shine. My sound comes from deep within.
Three acrylic paintings size from top on down 14″ x 11″, 18″ x 16″, 14″ x 11″
These paintings were painted January 2013 after hearing McCoy Tyner, Bobby Hutcherson, Joshua Redman and Regina Carter perform with The SFJazz Collective perform at the new San Francisco Jazz Center.
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The SFJAZZ Collective
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The San Francisco Center For Jazz – Oh what a treat to be in the new glass and concrete building created just for jazz! The new space designed by architect Mark Cavagnero is the first structure in the country designed visually and acoustically for jazz. The space feels intimate like a club but the acoustics are perfect. Among the performers were McCoy Tyner , Bobby Hutcherson and Mary Stallings. Saxophonist Joshua Redman played in the second set.
Regina Carter played “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder. I jotted down some words while drawing and listening to this piece.
Sparkles and Stars
We were all caught up in the spell of the beautiful new building, the music, and the performers. The night was a special one, but then, after playing together, McCoy Tyner and Bobby Hutcherson started talking to each other about how they had played together off and on for about 50 years. One would say, I’d forget and you would pick me up then the other one would say I’d forget and you would pick me up – lots of laugher and reminiscing Earlier in the evening, problems of the world had come up like race, politics and hatred. These two guys said, hey, let’s just be happy! With that said, they gave each other big hugs while they received a standing ovation.