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Making Miles For Kids

Read "Making Miles For Kids" reviewed by Keith Henry Brown

Miles Davis has been many things, but had not yet been the star of his own children's book. That is what I realized after being contacted by Kristen Nobles, the smart, resourceful editor of the newly formed children's' picture book imprint, Page Street Kids. I had just barely decided to give it a go in the field of children's illustration and obtained an agent when I received a lively email: “Dear Keith, I hope this email finds you ...

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Ziga Koritnik and The Eye

Read "Ziga Koritnik and The Eye" reviewed by John Kelman

In a time when cameras are more pervasive and invasive than they've ever been--with iPhones, iPads, Androids and low-price point-and-shoot devices lending the impression that everyone is a photographer--photo artists like Žiga Koritnik, paradoxically, stand out more than ever. Sure, anyone can take a picture, but to get to the heart of a subject and truly capture what it's all about requires much more than a camera and the opportunity to use it. It requires The Eye: one that sees ...

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Drawing Jazz

Read "Drawing Jazz" reviewed by Keith Henry Brown

A twist on the old cliché, “Those who can't play--draw,"--that's my personal point of view. I've been a jazz nut since as long as I can remember, and as soon as I could push a pencil--even though I could barely bang out a simple tune on a piano--I was sketching some of my favorite players, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington. In 2000, after beginning a career as a graphic designer, I was awarded the position of design ...

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We Want Miles: A Series of Reinventions

Read "We Want Miles: A Series of Reinventions" reviewed by Greg Masters

We Want Miles: Miles Davis vs. Jazz Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Montreal Through August 29, 2010Treasures await fans of Miles Davis up in Montreal, Canada: Photos, letters, film clips, paintings, instruments, wardrobe and enough information on wall placards to bring visitors on the full journey through the life and times of one of America's greatest artists. For anyone who has read a biography of Davis, there are no ...

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Impressions: The Story of a Collection by Alastair Graham

Read "Impressions: The Story of a Collection by Alastair Graham" reviewed by Alastair Graham

The folio of 71 black and white drawings of jazz musicians that make up the Impressions collection has taken over 12 years to assemble. The reasons are many, the difficulty in finding a decent and expressive likeness being not the least of them. The main element I found I had to incorporate--and one that sometimes took several weeks to uncover and put down on paper--was the graphic metaphor that best reflected the personality, indeed sometimes the very sound, of the ...

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John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Dizzy Gillespie

Read "John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Dizzy Gillespie" reviewed by John Taylor

Dizzy Gillespie About John Taylor For me, art and music flow into a creative confluence. Encouraged by my family to draw and play the drums at an early age, I continue to find expression in these art forms.Motivation for a career in art and music developed in the 1960's as I observed theme park caricaturists at work and listened to recordings of the inimitable Buddy Rich. Gifted editorial caricaturist, David Levine, also ...

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John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Louie Bellson

Read "John Taylor's Jazz Caricatures: Louie Bellson" reviewed by John Taylor

Louie Bellson About John Taylor For me, art and music flow into a creative confluence. Encouraged by my family to draw and play the drums at an early age, I continue to find expression in these art forms.Motivation for a career in art and music developed in the 1960's as I observed theme park caricaturists at work and listened to recordings of the inimitable Buddy Rich. Gifted editorial caricaturist, David Levine, ...


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