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 John Falter's Jazz Portraits

        Odessa Jazz Party

Falter also made numerous drawings while at the Odessa Jazz Party in Odessa, Texas, in 1974.
Many of the original drawings are shown here with lithographs from the 1971 "Jazz from Life" series. In contrast to his sketches done at the 1971 Colorado Jazz Party, the Odessa works incorporated more color.


Kai Winding

John Falter
tempera paint and charcoal on colored paper, 1974

Kai Winding played trombone in big bands led by Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, and Charlie Ventura. Winding was one of the earliest trombonists to play in the bop style with Charlie Parker and in a quintet with J. J. Johnson.

Donor: John P. Falter Collection



John Falter
tempera paint and charcoal on colored paper, 1974

Donor: John P. Falter Collection


Milt Hinton

John Falter
charcoal and tempera paint on colored paper, 1974

Milt Hinton played bass as a member of Cab Calloway's band for fifteen years, as well as with Count Basie and Louis Armstrong's All Stars. Hinton is also known as a jazz educator and jazz photographer.

Donor: John P. Falter Collection


Bert Ellis

John Falter
tempera paint and charcoal on colored paper, 1974

Guitarist Herbert Ellis played with Jimmy Dorsey, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Pass, Charley Byrd, and Barney Kessel.

Donor: John P. Falter Collection


Ross Tompkins

John Falter
lithograph, from the "Jazz from Life" series, 1971

Ross Tompkins played piano with Kai Winding, Eric Dolphy, Wes Montgomery, Clark Terry, Benny Goodman, Al Cohn, and Zoot Simms. Tompkins was the pianist for "TheTonight Show" orchestra under Doc Severinsen.

Donor: Cliff's Notes, Inc.


Virtual Exhibits


Colorado Jazz Party

World's Greatest Jazz Band

   Lou Stein & Carl Fontana

   Vic Dickenson

   Ed Hubble

   Bobby Wilber & Bud Freeman

   Ralph Sutton

Jazz in Action

   Cliff Leeman

   Gus Johnson & Budd Johnson

   Willie "the Lion" Smith

   Benny Carter

   Teddy Wilson

   Dick Hyman

   John Mince

   Clark Terry & Zoot Simms

In the Studio

Pee Wee Erwin of Falls City

Odessa Jazz Party 1
Kai Winding, Milt Hinton, Bert Ellis, Ross Tompkins

   Bucky Pizzarelli

   Jack Lesberg

Odessa Jazz Party 2
Stan Wrightsman, Skeets Herfurt, "Wild Bill" Davison




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