Jazz Portrait: Greg Stafford at Mandeville’s Dew Drop Hall

Jazz Portrait of New Orleans Trumpeter Greg Stafford

Renowned for his brilliant performances of traditional jazz, blues and old time gospel music, in this jazz painting Greg Stafford conjures up echoes from the past in a hypnotic performance at Mandeville’s legendary Dew Drop Hall across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. In the shadow of jazz giants like Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, Buddy Petit and Louis Armstrong, Greg represents the very best of the spirit and legacy of New Orleans. I was hugely privileged to meet him during the 2010 New Orleans French Quarter Festival and to prepare references for this portrait.

Fine Art Print of the Jazz Portrait of Greg Stafford.

He Der Man!
Silk Shirt, snazzy dresser,
Hot trumpet, deft touch,
Sweet notes, gravelly vocals,
Gregg Stafford, “He der Man!”

Blind verse, maybe, but there’s rhythm in the words. I write a poem to accompany each fine art print of my jazz portraits and “He Der Man!” seems to ideally suit Greg Stafford.

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Fine Art Giclée Prints of this portrait are available, with or without my descriptive poem. Simply email: [email protected] to place your order and help support jazz.

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