Saturday, July 13, 2013

Marty Morell and Michiko

On Sunday June 2nd, Marty Morell and Michiko performed a free Jazz concert at the White House (2000 South Summerlin Avenue, Orlando FL), with many special guests and a little Latin music.
The guest visual artist was Lorraine Turner. Lorraine didn't paint live on stage because there were so many musicians. There just wasn't enough room. Steve Rodney was shooting a documentary, so Benoit Glazer in his introduction advised us all to look enthralled. Richard Drexler was at the piano, Carlo Garcia was on the drums, Jeff Rupert on saxophone, Benoit Glazer stepped in on trumpet, and Ben Cramer was on Bass.

Marty met Michiko at a jazz festival in Japan and they have been performing together ever since. Michiko sang several of the songs. It was an up beat concert with plenty of energy. I tapped my toes and bobbed my head as I sketched. I was perched on the third floor balcony. I like getting this bird's eye view, but it means standing for the duration as I sketch so I can see over the railings. By the end of the concert my legs were aching. I'm always afraid that I might drop my palette on someones head, so I step back a bit as I'm painting. Having to sketch in so many people and instruments means I'm working right up to the last note in the concert.

It seems like the number of concerts held at the White House keeps accelerating. It is one of my favorite places to listen to music and let the lines dance on the page.

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