Carlos Medrano, Sabor de mi Cuba

Another Tuesday evening at Healdsburg Plaza, with Carlos Medrano and his band celebrating the 19th Annual Jazz Festival.

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So how do you put the tones and color and flavors of the hot and steamy Cuban jazz down on paper? Always fun to try!

Found a new spot to sit where visibility was good! It was early in the show and I plunked my mini-stool down right at the feet of the performers with my back to the dancers.  I don’t think I would have had the nerve if there hadn’t been a couple photographers with their tripods set up there.

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Later there was a fair amount of dancing on stage as the singer collected people from the audience and coached them in the sinuous movements of the hips. I gave it a try for a while too, then sat again to draw the audience, mostly in movement. It certainly puts a smile on your face with so many different ages dropping their inhibitions together!

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Next day I did another quick sketch from my iPhone pics, trying to keep the same freshness as the on-location sketches. I wanted another crack at capturing her movement. Trying to sketch faster and drop my tidiness in the service of energy. I sketched this same group six months ago if you want to check it out here.

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