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 John Falter's Jazz Portraits

        Gus Johnson and Budd Johnson

Gus Johnson
played drums with Jay McShann, Earl Hines, Cootie Williams, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Ella Fitzgerald, and the World's Greatest Jazz Band.

Budd (Albert) Johnson played tenor, soprano, and alto saxophone, as well as clarinet. Johnson played and arranged for Louis Armstrong, Earl Hines, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine, Benny Goodman, Gil Evans, and Count Basie.


Most of the things were done from the musicians in action, on the move; during rest periods I had my chance to do the more relaxed portraits. I found the medium of tempera and pencil excellent for capturing a mood that would be gone in a short span of time. The portraits in most cases . . . took thirty minutes or less.   -- John Falter

Gus Johnson

John Falter
pencil and tempera paint on colored paper, 1971

Donor: John P. Falter Collection

Budd Johnson

John Falter
tempera and pencil on colored paper

Donor: John P. Falter Collection

Budd Johnson and Gus Johnson

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

For the "Jazz from Life" portfolio Falter combined his two portraits drawn from life into one composition. The head positions are reversed from the original drawings.

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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