New painting – ISAO SUZUKI – acrylic on canvas – 32″ x 28″

August 6th, 2009

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I met Isao Suzuki in an underground jazz club in Tokyo -(underground both physically and musically). My friend from my old foundation course, Anthony lives in Tokyo, though has since returned, and we met up and he took us to the club and arranged a sitting with Isao.

 He’s in his 70’s now but is still “rockin’ out ” and very generously playing with a young band, taking a back seat, who I think keep him feeling young. He lived in New York towards the end of the golden age of American Jazz in the Late 60’s and early 70’s and played with such giants as Ella Fitzgerald, Theolonius Monk, Charlie Mingus and was one of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers for many years, Art being the person who initially invited Isao to America to play in his band.

 I wanted to capture “in the moment” as he was playing, again using the dark background to focus full attention on him.

(click on the images to enlarge, the last one of the finished image should come up biggest )

Entry Filed under: Art,New Work


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