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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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Lionel Ferbos, Louisiana Legend
Jazz in Bourbon bars and in Jackson Square,
Jazz at the Palm Court, when Lionel is there.
Of Louisiana legends and New Orleans Greats,
Lionel is peerless, on trumpet at ninety-eight!

Lionel Ferbos, New Orleans’ Grand Old Man of Jazz, will celebrate his 99th birthday at The Palm Court Jazz Cafe on Decatur Street on Saturday, 17 July. A proud, dignified man, Lionel still leads his own band, The Louisiana Shakers. He has been playing trumpet for over 70 years and recording music since the early 1960s, despite the fact that when he was a lad, his mother insisted he play banjo as he suffered from asthma. 99 years young indeed! Aged 16, he took trumpet lessons with “Old Man” Professor Chaligny for 25 cents a time. In the early 1930′s he joined John Handy’s band despite remonstrating “I can’t play in your band, I don’t play all that wild jazz”! Now, in 2010 he is “the last man standing” from the era of the greats, and is famed for his weekly gigs at The Palm Court.

On this very special occasion, I am honoured and proud to present my Art&Verse fine art portrait and poem of Lionel which will be on display at The Palm Court on Saturday, 17 July. Be sure to view the portrait on my website.

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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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Let me introduce you to a wonderful New Orleans jazz website featuring News and Views from the French Quarter.

In Geoff’s own words: “This is Geoff Gilbert welcoming you to the cradle of New Orleans Jazz where it all began – music to warm the soul and soothe the spirit!”

Simply click HERE or on my New Orleans Jazz link.

And thank you, Geoff, for your link to my New Orleans Jazz Portraits. I’ve got to get painting more, fast!

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