Jennylynd James worked in industry for over 25 years in Florida, California, Ireland, the Caribbean, and Canada. In Ireland, she discovered a hidden talent for art and through private instructors was introduced to oil painting, portraiture and sketching. She uses the vivid colours of her heritage and global travel to influence her work. From childhood, Jennylynd was a singer and musician with a passion for stage performance in Classical and Jazz music. Her recent artwork focuses on capturing the joy of making music.
Loose brush strokes in acrylic portray the movement and attitude of my faceless characters: musicians and singers at live events. I crop the most animated scenes to fill the canvas with “rich sound”.
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This painting is a tribute to the late, great, Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian saxphonist and Jazz singer who gained international acclaim for his music over many decades. He died in Paris on March 24, 2020. #manudinbango #saxophonist
Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974) was an American composer, pianist, and leader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death over a career spanning more than six decades. Born in Washington, D.C., Ellington was based in New York City from the mid-1920s onward and gained a national profile through his orchestra's appearances at the Cotton Club in Harlem. #dukeellington #jazzorchestra #cottonclub #jazzsinger #jazzpianist #jazzmusic #harlemjazz #harlemclub
Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), known professionally as Nina Simone, was an American singer, songwriter, musician, arranger, and civil rights activist. Her music spanned a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. In our painting, Nina Simone performs with Diana Ross and the Supremes to steel the show!
Josephine Baker (born Freda Josephine McDonald, naturalised French Joséphine Baker; 3 June 1906 – 12 April 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, French Resistance agent, and civil rights activist. Her career was centered primarily in Europe, mostly in her adopted France.
Eleanora Fagan (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), professionally known as Billie Holiday, was an American jazz and swing music singer with a career spanning for 26 years. Nicknamed "Lady Day" she had an innovative influence on jazz music and pop singing. Her vocal style, strongly inspired by jazz instrumentalists, pioneered a new way of manipulating phrasing and tempo. She was known for her vocal delivery and improvisational style. She began singing in nightclubs in Harlem.
#billieholiday #jazzsinger #jazzmusic #harlemjazz #harlemclubs #ladyday #ladysingstheblues #billie #jazz band
Little Richard, was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He was an influential figure in popular music and culture for seven decades. Nicknamed "The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll", he was a charismatic and dynamic showman. One of his most famous songs was "Tutti Frutti" 1955.