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Visitors can visit the artist’s village and his Art & Verse on the brand new Lemsford Village Website. Simply click here.

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Sheer good fortune took me to New Orleans and The Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Decatur Street in April, 2010, to revel in a virtuoso performance by legendary music man and trumpeter, Dave Bartholomew, song writer of “Let the Good Times Roll”. Eighty nine years young and with an untouchable legacy, nowadays Dave picks and chooses his appearances with great discernment. One of New Orleans’ greatest, multi talented stars, during his partnership with Fats Domino he wrote and produced a series of unforgettable numbers including “Ain’t that a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill”. He went on to write over 4,000 songs, two of which, “One Night” and “Witchcraft”, were hits for Elvis Presley.

What better inspiration for my latest Art&Verse jazz portrait and poem, prints of which are available for sale on my Art & Verse website.


Let the Good Times Roll!

Hail Dave Bartholomew
Song writer supreme
To whom honour is due
For his Big Band Beat
And Rhythm and Blues dream.
“Ain’t that a Shame!”
Added to his fame,
So surely “Let the Good Times Roll!”

This year, Lemsford, my home village, was entered by The Lemsford Residents Association for the Hertfordshire Village of the Year Competition, 2010. So on Friday, 18 June, the judges duly arrived to thoroughly assess the village’s many merits. The judges showed great interest in our ‘Exploring the River Lea’ display board which was unveiled earlier this year. To my delight, my Art & Verse ‘Autumn Fire’ landscape was reproduced on the display board. It is a view in oils of the Larch Trees across neighbouring Lemsford cottage rooftops from my garden den and I take pride in reproducing the Art & Verse print here. Or click here and select Autumn Fire to view the picture on my website.

The poem reads:

Autumn Fire
Larch trees aflame
Glorious dawn proclaim,
Golden spun,
Fired by Autumn sun.

The results of the Village of the Year Competition will be announced on 1 July, so watch this space. For more information about Lemsford Village, our Residents Association and The Lemsford News, our full colour village newsletter expertly produced by my wife, Ginny Butler, visit the Lemsford Village Website.

What better painting to use as my Art & Verse Blog banner illustration than that of Mike Pointon, my very first jazz portrait and the inspiration for my ensuing collection of Jazz Art & Verse prints. The portrait captures Mike letting rip whilst playing with his Lakefront Loungers at the Ken Colyer Trust 2008 Autumn Jazz Parade in Hemsby, Norfolk. A mainstay on the UK jazz scene and renowned for his repartee, sense of humour and individualistic, raffish style, Mike not only revels in New Orleans Traditional Jazz, he is also a musicologist, author and broadcaster extraordinaire. Click here to view the portrait on my website.

The poem reads:

Mike Pointon on Trombone

Lips tightly pursed,
Cheeks fit to burst,
Eyes in a glaze,
Instrument ablaze,
The trombonist takes it away.

Breaking News!!!

During his “volcanic” visit to New Orleans In April for The French Quarter Festival, Peter was privileged to meet a host of jazz stars including Lionel Ferbos, Dave Bartholomew, Barry Martin and Leroy Jones. He is currently working on his “New Orleans” series of jazz portraits and poems and his acrylic of 98 year old Lionel Ferbos is his latest work to be added to his Jazz Art Collection.

Ideal for jazz fans, postcard enthusiasts or stylish greetings cards, we are pleased to announce the release of the Art & Verse ‘Good Time Jazz’ Souvenir postcard collection. To choose your cards and place your order online visit the Jazz Cards page.

I owe my old school chum, Roger, a favour because he invited me to join him at last year’s Ken Colyer Trust Jazz Parade which inspired my Jazz paintings and poems.

What better way to return his favour than to mention his definitive book on early English Rink Hockey containing a complete and absorbing account of the sport between the years of 1885 and 1914. The book has 233 pages and includes many old photographs of roller hockey teams, players and rinks. And by the way, keep your eyes open for the second volume which will bring the history of the game right up to date.

Please contact Roger for more information – e-mail: rv@tuopregor.plus.com