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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
10,645-3602




Budd Johnson

John Falter
tempera and pencil on colored paper

Donor: John P. Falter Collection
10,645-3601




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.
10704-15

 



  

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