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Paul Desmond


One of my more fluid, moving pieces, this portrait of Jazz great Paul Desmond was a very passionate piece to paint. Most people have heard his work with Dave Brubeck, but may not be familiar with the man himself.

Paul Desmond (November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977), was a jazz alto saxophonist and composer born in San Francisco, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for penning that group’s greatest hit, “Take Five”. Known to have possessed an idiosyncratic wit, he was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast’s “cool jazz” scene. He played a Selmer Super Balanced Action alto saxophone with an M. C. Gregory model 4A-18M mouthpiece — both circa 1951 — with Rico 3 ½ reeds.

In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several of his own groups and did significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet Baker. After years of chain smoking and general poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 following one last tour with Brubeck.

This print is from a NEW limited edition of 500 being offered. Produced from a large original oil painting, each print is numbered and artist signed. The reproduction offered here has a large image area of 17.5 ” x 26”, on 20” x 28 ” stock (image area of 44.5 cm x 66 cm, on 50.8 cm x 71.1 cm stock). There is no middleman involved. I painted the original for my good friend Keith Sarnow, an awesome saxophonist and passionate Desmond fan, and now this print can be yours.

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This reproduction has an image area of 17.5” x 26”, on 20” x 28 ” stock.

Limited Edition of 500 prints.




$460.00 plus $8.95 shipping (Note, the copyright image will not appear on your print).

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