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Painter Joel Washington a Midwest jazz gem

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As noted in previous postings, jazz perhaps more than any other genre has a history of inspiring great visual artists. Jazz photographers produced many of the 20th century’s most indelible images, vintage Blue Note albums continue to evoke the rhythms and vibe of post-war America and painters moved by the music and its iconic performers forever proliferate, particularly in the Bay Area.
Today, I want to call your attention to one such artist from the Midwest, Joel Washington.
I was visiting my alma mater, Indiana University, this past summer when, as I traversed the Union with my wife Leslie and my long-time friend George, the latter called my attention to a color-bursting portrait of guitar great Wes Montgomery, himself a native Hoosier. I was duly impressed and took a picture on my phone.
This morning, the campus newspaper where I got my start in journalism 150 years ago, the Indiana Daily Student, ran a lengthy feature on Washington, who is a university employee. Here is a short bio of the artist.

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Joel Washington is an artist from Bloomington, Indiana. Joel has been creating art for over 20 years. He has had the pleasure of being featured in many galleries, magazines and newspapers. He has done commissioned work for Bloomington businesses, Indiana University, State of Indiana, and world dignitaries.

Check out the slide show for a sample of Washington’s jazz-themed art.

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