05 February 2015

Bennie by Diane

Things are so international today and it's a wonderful thing. This fabulous charcoal drawing above is taken from a CJ photo of Bennie Maupin in Canberra. The artist is Diane Russell of Portland, Oregon, and this drawing and another of Terell Stafford were sold as fundraising for Thara Memory's American Music Program. Diane tells me students of the AMP often go on to Julliard, Berklee, etc. Apparently Thara mentored Esperanza Spalding. See links below for Diane's drawings and paintings on her website, AMP's website and a video of Esperanza performing with AMP students. Congratulations to Diane for the great fine jazz art and wonderful to meet you, if only over the Net.

  • Diane Russell fine art portraits
  • Thara Memory's American Music Program
  • Esperanza Spalding performs with AMP students (YouTube)
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