~all that's jazz~

This gallery is dedicated to my love of classic jazz music and musicians and will feature some of the greatest jazz vocalists and instrumentalists of the 20th Century. If you have an affinity for jazz, keep checking this gallery for new editions. If you have a jazz favorite you'd like to see created, whether for here in this gallery or commissioned for your own wall, drop me a line. 

first ladies of jazz / "billie"

I started this gallery with three of my favorite female jazz vocalists (each part of the 'First Ladies of Jazz' triptych). This rendering of Billie Holiday is done in my usual style of texture and more texture and a general style theme that will be consistent with all the images of this particular gallery.  

first ladies of jazz / "nina"

The haunting Nina Simone, the second vocalist in the First Ladies of Jazz triptych, is one of my favorite female jazz vocalists of all time. The bold red-purple colors of this piece set the perfect mood for this smoky-voiced chanteuse.  

~what is essential to art? 3 parts imagination with a dash of reality~

first ladies of jazz / "sarah"

This portrayal of a young Sarah Vaughan, the third great of the First Ladies of Jazz triptych, captures her 'Sassy' essence, as she was nick-named in the industry. She was also nicknamed 'The Divine One' and deserves a divine representation of royal blues and vivid violets.  


An essential addition to the All That's Jazz gallery of greats, I present the great John Coltrane, from the album cover Blue. Color is extremely important in conveying mood and emotion and I love the mood this color palette evokes.  


Chesney ‘Chet’ Henry Baker, jazz trumpeter and smooth vocalist, truly deserves a place among the classics in this gallery. Searching photos of Chet Baker, I was inspired by his contemplative pose, giving it an energetic red palette for contrast, along with a overlaying texture of watercolor brushstrokes.


Nicknamed Duke for his fine manners, Edward Kennedy Ellington is an American classic and iconic jazz composer, pianist and leader of a jazz orchestra from 1923 to the end of his days. Who doesn't know of his classic composition Take the A Train (in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn)? Definitely another fine legend to add to this collection of greats.


Charles (Frank) Chuck Mangione is an American jazz composer, flugelhorn and trumpet player as well as voice actor, making numerous appearances on one of my favorite animated series King of the Hill. While not as familiar with his discography as other jazz favorites, I love this portrait of him. He looks so happy. I love happy people. I'm a happy people.