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How Dave Brubeck and Vernon Johnson “Met” in a Watercolor

During this month of jazz artist Dave Brubeck’s passing just before his 92th birthday, I remember fondly our family’s distant connections and how they influenced my musical and artistic tastes. Brubeck and my father, the watercolor artist Vernon Johnson, who was … Continue reading

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From the Dave Brubecks “with great interest”

I received a gracious personal letter from the Dave Brubecks not long after I emailed The Brubeck Institute the story of Vernon P. Johnson’s watercolor of “Calcutta Bazaar,” which he entered in a Brubeck-related contest in 1958. “I remember the … Continue reading

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Passage from India: A Watercolor’s 65-Year Roundtrip

Jazz musician Dave Brubeck’s 1958 State Department tour to India sparked the second chapter in the long and storied life of “Calcutta Bazaar,” an amazing watercolor painted by my father, Vernon P. Johnson from firsthand experience in 1946. Twelve years later, Dad … Continue reading

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