Monday Jazz

Hello friends. I just sat through a torturously long Oscars telecast – four hours of my life that I’ll never get back – and must get to bed for a long day of art modeling. But I’d like to present this Music Monday before I hit the sack. A couple of weeks ago, the jazz community lost one of their greats, trumpet player Donald Byrd. Trumpet players will always hod a special place in my heart because of my father. And Donald Byrd had some things in common with another man in my life who is very dear to me, my brother Chris. Both earned degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and both have been passionate advocates of music education, as was my father.

The photograph in this video was taken by William Claxton, who shot some of the most iconic jazz pictures of all time. It’s Donald Byrd playing his horn on the A Train in New York City. The music is “Portrait of Jennie” and was recorded at the Half Note Club, a jazz venue that was located on Hudson Street in the 50s and 60s. This is superb trumpet playing so please listen and enjoy. It can only improve your day. See you all soon 🙂

8 thoughts on “Monday Jazz

  1. Bill says:

    Nice video — good way to start the week — thanks! (I didn’t realize that Byrd had passed. I realize that he wasn’t a big mainstream celebrity, but It’s amazing what they’ll report — and not report — on the news.)

    • artmodel says:


      I think Donald Byrd’s passing must have gotten bumped off the news for the highly important “story” of Michelle Obama’s bangs 🙄

      So glad you enjoyed the video!


      • Bill says:

        I think that I must have missed another news story — the one about baseball being replaced as the National Pastime by Trivial Pursuit. And I don’t mean the board game 🙂
        It’s the same way in the museums — the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has devoted considerable gallery space to two exhibits of enlarged snapshots by fashion/celebrity photographer Mario Testino. Tom Brady, Kate Moss . . . the MFA goes TMZ.

  2. artmodelandrew says:

    The drum brushes are a pretty cool sound, too.

  3. Dan Hawkins says:


    We just had a local music icon pass here in Fort Worth today. I drew a little bit from your Music Monday posts to post about it on my own blog…

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