Saturday, December 31, 2011

'... evening sun'...

Friday, December 30, 2011

song...

Thursday, December 29, 2011

49 years...

49 years
'The roar of the greasepaint. The smell of the crowd',
Lots of cheers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Monday, December 26, 2011

mark murphy...

2 geese (for mark murphy)...

Time lapse
Where
?
Murphy
You go to my head
Crazy
Jazz
Murphy on the edge
Edge of the Garden flags
Windy
Wreaths fastened down
A Garden of the ages pages
In my notes
Boats
Charts south into Havana
Sweet sugar
Havana night
Rums
&
Rums
2 geese fly away out of the Garden
Into the windy flags & wreaths & red bows
Starry Havana night
!
Starry Havana night
,
Murphy
!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

sketch of mary blair self portrait...

Friday, December 23, 2011

marquee lights...

Steady
Rain on the street
A shine from streetlamps
&
Lampposts
Steady
Morning
The sound of the street
Splashing
Commuter train whistles at the crossings
It's Friday ! ...
&
Tonight
Piano players
Saxophone players
Impressionist painters
Horizons
Marquee lights
&
Jazz

Steady

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bob Barnes (1928-2011)

Bob Barnes (Robert H. Barnes) died October 6, 2011.  He was a friend.  I just now found out he passed away.  He lived in Woodstock, New York and we kept in touch infrequently - a letter or a card or both around Christmastime - a phone call now and then.  But I thought about Bob a lot - he was pretty much alone the last few years of his life - we had musical interests in common - him, a fine pianist and me a friend of jazz since 1954, the very first Newport Jazz Festival.  Bob was a musician and a teacher - noble professions - smart and dedicated.  I met Bob a few years ago where he was taking part in a summer music program, SummerKeys, in a town on the northern coast of Maine, Lubec.  And Bob and I had a jazz musician in common, my friend jazz saxophonist Greg Abate.  Bob had seen Greg perform at a venue in New Mexico on two occasions and immediately became a fan of this renowned bebop player.  In 2002, I arranged for Bob to play piano with Greg on a benefit concert for the library in Lubec.  He did a very credible job accompanying one of the best jazz players in the world, Greg Abate.  Bob studied with the late great Lennie Tristano - another notch in his creds.  Bob Barnes, interpreter of the Cole Porter songbook; he will be missed. -December 19, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

a 2nd song...

A 2nd song
Sing to me choruses carols
&
Hymns
Blues
Sing a breath sparkle
&
Laughter
Walking along the sea
Sing in my ear
.
I can hear the sea now

christmas nights...

Christmas nights
A shiny frost on the street
In the city
Whistles
Sirens
Lights
& warmer in the morning
& whistles along the ocean
In the morning
.
At the station at Mystic
.
& a tiny angel flew to the top of the tree
To give the stars

midnight...

The blue street stars in the night
Glowing
Lamps yellow & Paris in the sun
Jazz
Violins
It's 4 A.M.
& strum strum slide slide
Django
Ahhhhhhh Ah
!
!
Midnight
Django
Ahhhhhhh Ah
!
!
Midnight
It's 4 A.M.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

untitled...

flugelhorn...

do you remember...

Do you remember
The Totem Pole Roseland
The ballroom with the spinning reflecting ball
Above the center of the floor
?
Lowell
Glen Island
Eddie & the Waxo barrel bass
Gary Bossie
Me
?
In the Mood
Blinstrub's the Bradford Roof
The Savoy cotton dresses & Christmas lights in the summer
The elegance
?
Oh
The elegance
Miami
!
White & red &
Green

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

archie moore (1913-1998)...

Saturday, December 10, 2011

is a lyric...

Is a lyric

Miles to go
On the High Road to the sea
Apples
Jams
Spiral hams

Toast
&
Tea
Just
The sea

Is a lyric

Miles to go
A song for me

Friday, December 9, 2011

1990...

chet baker my favorite things...

thump the bass...

Jazz in Paris
The airy touch of Chet Baker's trumpet
Tenderly
The water on the river
The water on the street
Bouncing
A cool lavender off a cloud
Off a sky
Thump the bass
A cymbal counts time
A light orange under painting on the tree line
Beyond the parking lot lamps
&
Flags
&
Christmas lights
&
Big red bows
The sun is down the moon is up
Jazz in Paris

marilyn inspired by a painting by annie kevans...

Thursday, December 8, 2011

poetry...

Poetry

Rain wind
Missives
&
Mettle

The carousels red &
Gold leaf &
Rock & roll

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

some might say, 'the greatest tenor saxophone player who ever lived'...

a great mountain of sky...

A great mountain of sky
The clouds roll in in all colors
Under
Blue
Salmon
Gold
Low
They roll low
Into the telephone poles
&
Into the wires
Chimneys
Seas & rivers
&
&
Robert Frost poems
,
Robert Frost poems
To la Captain Bloom Hill
:
If one flight
Like last night low under
Clouds rolling in in all colors
Salmon
Blue
Gold
Breathe now
If one flight
;
That flight

Sunday, December 4, 2011

quick sketch of van gogh's starry night...

sighs the sun...

Sighs the sun
At sunset
Sunrise
Tonight
Songs under Orion
& the rest of the stars
Venus & Cassiopeia
Play the night on oboes
Stella
Waterfront
How High the Moon
Ray Brown
,
Ray Brown

oooo deee aah aah aaah...

jazz
At the rickety yellow table
Creak
Oooo deee aah aah aaah
The
Scenes
On the cutting room floor
From sunsets walks & stairs
To sunrises swatches reds & blues
Golden
jazz
At the rickety yellow table
Creak
Oooo deee aah aah aaah
There
The Willows
Are
Whispers
Now
;
jazz
At the rickety yellow table
Creak
Oooo deee aah aah aaah

Saturday, December 3, 2011

a long song...

Do you see the routine
?
The melodies in the queue
Short lists aaah
Oh
Flights out of port
Their white sails wafting
Easily
To the horizon
To the mountains
To the meadows
This
,
A long song

Friday, December 2, 2011

the coffee is done...

Sound
Coffee percolating
Cars running by
The furnace on
Not cellos
& some noise I cannot identify
Not cellos
Trumpets
Or violins
Or violas
Chet Baker
?
No
The coffee is done

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

leafy light...

The town is quiet
But for the winter's wind
&
The tides of night
But for boiling tea water on the stove
Bread cheese
&
The stars coming in under the curtains
In
Leafy light
In
December

peacock roof acrylic by pat fry...

in a movie i make...

Pink salmon sky
Over Shaw's & Sovereign Bank
Lamps
&
Wires
Closing doors
Whispering songs
Flickers
Oceans wink
At the High Places
& Ginsberg waxes poetic at the moon coming up
In a movie I make

her orange wings translucent...

Redux
The red pen
Red sky in the morning
Delights
Bewares
State fairs fast little mares
Jazz
In the evening
The Duets Esperanza & Zinno
Poetry & sketches in the morning
Tributes
&
Drabs
Literati & papaya
Oh
,
Man
!
Jazz
In the evening
Stars & sigh
Fly
High
Her orange wings translucent
&
Perfect
-
Perfectly

Saturday, November 26, 2011

john coltrane...

john coltrane & all the new york songs...

John Coltrane
&
All the New York songs
Jazz in My Sketchbook
Just
Jazz
&
One 3B pencil from Maine
.
I
N
E
E
D
Central Park West
In the morning

Friday, November 25, 2011

hemingway ponder...

ponder...

Ponder
Shortened hair tossed
Beard too
Shortened grained & white
Ponder
Slate gray touching a lip
Crow
Lines
Eyes
&
Purses of the mouth
Furrows
&
Forehead
.
Ponder

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

that train whistle...

That train whistle
&
Rain & cars splashes in the streets
Noisy
Not like the wind on the bay
In the trees
Under circling stars
On black black skies perfectly &
Early
Not as close to me

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

3 boats acrylic...

Sunday, November 20, 2011

makana...

Thursday, November 17, 2011

bud's house acrylic by pat fry...

skinning shed acrylic by pat fry...

two figures...

Two figures
Mauve black fades
&
The
Lamps
Do

Too

The Group on a Street in & out of doorways
Shoppes
&
Carts under the New Streetlamps & dew

Each Other at Other Ends of a Street
The bar Indoors the sandwiches Outdoors fades
&
The
Lamps
Do

Too

Something written Nov. 16, '11 for
Three Figures In A Group, oil on paper by John Lorence, Feb. 4, '62.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

colonel swiss guard acrylic...

storm acrylic...

is a ride...

Is a ride
Somewhere
Nearby
& far
Plain & star
Wings
Berries & brew
-
Brew
&
Leaves so few
-
High on a mountain
High on a cloud
Looking
I see a raindrop on a leaf in a storm

i just don't know where you are...

I just don't know where you are

On a snowy night
On a sunny walk

Quick hearts
Quick hearts

The movie house is quiet now
There was a big moon this morning

No stars

Quiet
More than yesterday the day before & the day before that

Quick hearts
Quick hearts


-November 12, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

blueberry field acrylic...

sketch 11-12...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day...

"Here's to us and those like us. Damn few left." -Gardens of Stone

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

5:57 a.m. ...

A warm cool
A star
Some lights on across the bay
Another star
Out the window on the bay
Lights on across the bay
A red tail light up the street
A low hum of a car engine & another star
& the sound of coffee percolating
A warm cool

warm november chimneys quiet...

Poets
Work in the morning
Colors
Magenta
Fog
Red leaves dancing
Warm November chimneys quiet
Birds
&
Dogs
Too
&
Walks
By the firehouse down the Catholic stairs
To the smokehouses
To write

Monday, November 7, 2011

draw with a word...

Draw with a word
April
Frost sky
Magenta again
November again
A flower a tear & the tent on the beach
Even in April
Even in November

Saturday, November 5, 2011

i heard the wind before daylight...

I heard the wind before daylight
Breaths of blue
&
Other colors
.
Now
,
The sun is on the bay & the movie house & the hill
&
The wind too
Boats bob blueberry muffins tea & jazz
Sassafras
Evening
Sunshines too
&
Other colors

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

little song the wind...

Little song the wind
Now
Then
Though
Sometimes like the Stan Kenton orchestra
Artistry in Rhythm
&
Intermission Riff
Montgomery
,
Plant and Stritch
,
1988
Whisperings of Ella
Mark Murphy
Bluebirds gotta fly
...
&
The
Moon
Is
Low
,
Speak low
The
Moon
Is
Low

pamela acrylic...

jazzatar redux acrylic...

Monday, October 31, 2011

halloween drawing by susan deVeber...

Saturday, October 29, 2011

pat fry's delia's house acrylic...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

karen mal - singer / songwriter / mandolinist

Lilt? Trill? Oh yes!

I live by the sea and I write poetry - Karen's voice is the sea, it is the poetry.

I heard her sing Stars Fell on Alabama at a friend's house in Maine - as good as I've ever heard the song sung - a favorite of mine.

I am waiting for her to do jazz anthems and the American songbook - Stars Fell on Alabama of course, I Cover the Waterfront, How High the Moon, and so on.

Take a look at The Space Between and House of Wills (both CDs are available on iTunes).

I heard her sing On the Sunny Side of the Street on House of Wills (Will Taylor & Strings Attached) - as good as I've ever heard the song sung - another favorite of mine.

& Suitcase Full of Memories on The Space Between.

Both CDs highly recommended.

More projects in the works.  Keep a jazz ear out for Karen Mal.

Note: Originally from Connecticut, Karen now lives in Austin, Texas.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

le parasole oil painting by jean d...

they're out of the water...

Sea circles & stars
Long distances
,
Long distances
,
Long hearts
,
But it doesn't look like the boats are going to Mexico this winter
They're out of the water
Hulls scraped & painted ready to wrap
.
Moon & stars a whisper of wind
,
But it doesn't look like the boats are going to Mexico this winter

Saturday, October 15, 2011

in progress jean d oil painting...

this a.m. ...

7
Balmy
Windy
The rosa rugosa rushes
A gulp now mightily
The pinwheels spin
& so do
The purple flowers the blackbird is in
Windy
Balmy
!
7:01

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

delia's house acrylic sketch...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

delia's house acrylic...

Monday, October 10, 2011

a perfect backcloth...

Early
This morning the sky is black
A Heaven filled with needles
Paper lights
Purple orange sea blue
Green
Paper lights
A perfect backcloth
On
Which
To paint perfect things
See perfect things
Feel
Perfect things

Saturday, October 8, 2011

roberta c acrylic...

Friday, October 7, 2011

it's a flannel morning...

It's a flannel morning
Boats leaving the harbors
Sails rippling full
Breezes & song
Things
&
Bumps
On
The
Way
,
It's a flannel morning

Thursday, October 6, 2011

in the mirrors...

In the mirrors
Joy & you
Kerouac poetry rivers long staircases
Violins trombones drums & dreams
In the mirrors
Looo dee lah
In the mirrors
The road
A healthy berry salad
Sweet & tea
Imagine
Singing
Out to the room
In the mirrors
Looo dee lah
In the mirrors
Click
.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

mornings are poems...

Mornings are poems
Every morning a poem
Here
&
Away
Near the shore
Near the winter
Flocks & horses pretty
Birds in a meadow
Flying
From February & April & June & December
oh
,
Thoop thoop thoop thoop

Monday, October 3, 2011

fall oil painting by jean d hommage to geo dibble...

entrance...

Entrance
Willowy morning
Silence
Silent poses ascending a staircase
A mountain path
Tall grasses
Pedestals
Plateaus ocean seas
Willowy morning awake
Look
Miles to go
.
See
The Matisse church in the drizzle
,
The red maples in October

Sunday, October 2, 2011

rain...

A yawing breeze
Wobbly
A lone seagull
The pinwheel turns
Side to side

The flowers are quiet

Rain

Friday, September 30, 2011

waterfront oil painting by jean d donated to auction fundraiser...

a friday song...

A Friday song
Of wind &
Breath &
Glee
Circles
The wild wings fly
In dream
Of Scotland
&
Youth
&
Smile
&
Music

last night in alabama...

Serenades
,
Spitfires
-
Birmingham Dan
,
And a shrimp boat parade
Last night in Alabama
,
And she sang

Thursday, September 29, 2011

jim levendosky acrylic...

mornings...

Mornings
Ellington wrote Solitude in 1934
A pink morning on the roof & chimney
Across the street
& pink paint on the boards
6:30
Coffee
Black coffee
&
Movies
In the quiet
In the spirals of Garbo's hair
&
Light
Orange
The paper lanterns whir

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

the end of september...

Alone
Lilies
&
Wet grass
The sun up
On
The
Movie
House
Scraped boards dusty roof
Time is still this morning
Her slow walk across the lawn
To the dog
Back
To the garden weathering
The end of September

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

i play jazz with miro & matisse...

Sideviews
Sideboards
Sidemen
I play jazz with Miro & Matisse
Circles
Oranges
Neon
Blue
There's
My
Heart
In sail & wing
On wave & sky
Doo eeee aaah doo
-
Bop
!
I play jazz with Miro & Matisse

Monday, September 26, 2011

wquoddylight acrylic...

parker's mood (mark murphy) acrylic...

pat fry on location...


oars acrylic by pat fry...