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 John Falter's Jazz Portraits

        Jazz in Action

I started working on a manageable sketch board that would enable me to do lightning sketches and paintings right on the spot of jazz in action, portraying the musicians at work, drawing and painting "on the beat" if you will.   -- John Falter



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

Falter combined individual portraits into a composite group for this print from his "Jazz from Life" series. Xylophonist Peter Appleyard is recognizable at lower left.

British born vibraphonist Peter Appleyard led groups of his own both in Canada and the United States. He has recorded with numerous artists, including Peanuts Hucko and Bucky Pizzarelli.

Appleyard's flying hair and the multiple positions of mallets effectively convey action.

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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