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Joshua and Sandra in joyous duet

Neighbors Well Met
Joshua and Sandra in joyous duet,
New friends, neighbors well met,
With shared spiritual guide
Despite the Atlantic divide.

It was one of those rare, magical evenings. On the very last day of our sojourn, my wife and I were invited to visit opera singer Joshua Walker and his wife Sandra Berry Walker in their delightful New Orleans home. But we hadn’t expected Joshua to treat us to a stunning private rendition “Old Man River” followed by an exhilarating duet with Sandra. They are a charming couple and I promised them this portrait. I hope it does them justice, especially as Sandra runs her own distinctive “Neighborhood Gallery – a gallery without walls”. Albeit an ocean apart.

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Esther O'Connor in Concert

Esther Enthrals Her Fans

Hail the new kid on the block,
No chip, but a pure golden rock.
A musical queen and songstress supreme,
Thrillingly fulfilling her dream.

When Esther O’Connor asked me to paint her portrait I was both thrilled and honoured. For a while I hesitated, wanting to be sure I could capture her in enraptured performance. Then, watching and listening to her, discovering her values and following her rise to stardom as both singer and song writer, I could resist no longer. Hence this portrait of Esther on stage enthralling her fans. Her father, Greame Duffin, is the bassist with Wet, Wet, Wet, but Esther, highly acclaimed by the media in her own right, is blazing her own road to fame.

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Barry Martyn at the 100 Club
Hail to a Legend of Jazz
And showman supreme
Whose flare and pizzaz
Revived the New Orleans Dream.

New Orleans based jazz great Barry Martyn in characteristic form on drums with The Young Bloods at The 100 Club in Oxford Street in February, 2010. Born in London, Barry moved to the USA in the early 1960s since when he has been a key figure in the revival of New Orleans Jazz both as a musician and jazz historian.

“I hail from London,” said Barry. “In fact I was conceived under that grand piano.”

Thank you, Barry, for being so supportive of my jazz portraits and poems.

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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.

Hushed Lemsford

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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!”

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