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Playing An Instrument Collection

"Capturing the Soul of Music: A Journey Through Time and Melody" In Ronnie Scotts, London, 1994

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1994. Artist: Brian O Connor

Ronnie Scott, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1994. Artist: Brian O Connor
Scott Ronnie, Ronnie Scott s, London, 1994

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Christmas Eve, c1915. Artist: Stanhope A Forbes

Christmas Eve, c1915. Artist: Stanhope A Forbes
Christmas Eve, c1915. From International Art: Past and Present by Alfred Yockney. [Virtue & Company, London, c1915]

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Band of the Coldstream Guards marching past Buckingham Palace during the rehearsal for Trooping

Band of the Coldstream Guards marching past Buckingham Palace during the rehearsal for Trooping the Colour, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Pat Martino, 2009. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Pat Martino, 2009. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Pat Martino, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2009

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany

The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Creator: Johan Zoffany
The Sharp Family, 1779-1781, (1942). Portrait of the musical and aptly named Sharps aboard their sailing barge Apollo on the River Thames at Fulham in London: Mary Lloyd-Baker (nee Sharp)

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Jaco Pastorius, Odeon Hammersmith, London, 1976. Artist: Brian O Connor

Jaco Pastorius, Odeon Hammersmith, London, 1976. Artist: Brian O Connor
Jaco Pastorius, Odeon Hammersmith, London, 1976

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Humphrey Lyttelton and Sidney Bechet at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1956

Humphrey Lyttelton and Sidney Bechet at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1956

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Esperanza Spalding, 2013. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Esperanza Spalding, 2013. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Esperanza Spalding with the Spring Quartet, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Leo Geovese, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, 2014

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Creator

How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Creator
How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Playing the 7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers out of their trenches at the Battle of Loos in the midst of the gas attack

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)

The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)
The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V.C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939). The Storming of the Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders and the Gurkhas, 1897

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: McCoy Tyner performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, July 1978

McCoy Tyner performing at the Newport Jazz Festival, Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough, July 1978

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Bill Frisell, 2006. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Bill Frisell, 2006. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Bill Frisell, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2006

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman

Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman
Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Depiction of the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus, (who played a lyre, not a lute)

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Count Basie Orchestra in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 July 1980

The Count Basie Orchestra in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 July 1980: Count Basie (piano), Cleveland Eaton (bass), Freddie Green (guitar), Gregg Field (drums)

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Robert Cray, 2008. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Robert Cray, 2008. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Robert Cray Band, Sage Theatre, Gateshead International Jazz Festival, 15 July 2008

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625. Creator: Frans Hals

Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625. Creator: Frans Hals
Boy with a Lute, ca. 1625

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Maynard Ferguson, 2000. Creator: Brian Foskett

Maynard Ferguson, 2000. Creator: Brian Foskett
Maynard Ferguson, 2000

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: St Cecilia at the organ, (c1865). Creator: Christian Schultz

St Cecilia at the organ, (c1865). Creator: Christian Schultz
St Cecilia at the organ, (c1865). 19th century chromolithograph after a section of the 15th-century Ghent Altarpiece by Hubert and Jan van Eyck, in St Bavos Cathedral, Ghent, Belgium

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor

Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor
Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scott s, Soho, London, Sep 1993

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Oscar Peterson in concert at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1955. Artist: Denis Williams

Oscar Peterson in concert at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1955. Artist: Denis Williams
Oscar Peterson in concert at Colston Hall, Bristol, 1955

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Charmer, 1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse

The Charmer, 1911. Artist: John William Waterhouse
The Charmer, 1911. From The Studio Volume 71. [London Offices of the Studio, London, 1917]

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Lonnie Donegan on stage at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, April 1979

Lonnie Donegan on stage at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, April 1979

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991. Artist: Brian O Connor

Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991. Artist: Brian O Connor
Jackie McLean, Jazz Cafe, London, April 1991

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Art Blakey, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1984. Artist: Brian O Connor

Art Blakey, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1984. Artist: Brian O Connor
Art Blakey, Ronnie Scott s, London, 1984. Art Blakey, also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33. Creator: Hokusai

Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33. Creator: Hokusai
Mystical Bird (Karyobinga), 1820-33

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Mozart performs for Empress Maria Theresia, 1 October 1762, (1936). Creator: Unknown

Mozart performs for Empress Maria Theresia, 1 October 1762, (1936). Creator: Unknown
Mozart performs for Empress Maria Theresia, 1 October 1762, (1936). Mozart Vor Kaiserin Maria Theresia, 1 Oktober 1762. The six-year-old Mozart plays for the Empress Maria Theresa of Austria at

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Pat Martino, PIzza Express, Dean St, Soho, London, July 2001. Artist: Brian O Connor

Pat Martino, PIzza Express, Dean St, Soho, London, July 2001. Artist: Brian O Connor
Pat Martino, PIzza Express, Dean St, Soho, London, July 2001

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Georgie Fame, Brecon, 2005. Artist: Brian O Connor

Georgie Fame, Brecon, 2005. Artist: Brian O Connor
Georgie Fame, Brecon, 2005

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1978. Artist: Brian O Connor

Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1978. Artist: Brian O Connor
Toots Thielemans, Belgian jazz musician, Ronnie Scott s, London, 1978. He is known for his guitar and harmonica playing, as well as his whistling skills

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Drummer Ginger Baker performing at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1980

Drummer Ginger Baker performing at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1980
Drummer Ginger Baker performing with his band Energy at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 18 January 1980

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: St. Cecilia, 1891, (1911). Artist: Gustav Naujok

St. Cecilia, 1891, (1911). Artist: Gustav Naujok
St. Cecilia, 1891, (1911). Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of musicians. From Bibbys Annual 1911. [J. Bibby & Sons, Liverpool, 1911]

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: AI IMAGE - Sherlock Holmes playing the violin in his rooms at 221B Baker Street, 2023

AI IMAGE - Sherlock Holmes playing the violin in his rooms at 221B Baker Street, 2023. Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Sherlock Holmes playing the violin in his rooms at 221B Baker Street, 2023

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791. Creator: Rose Adelaide Ducreux

Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791. Creator: Rose Adelaide Ducreux
Self-Portrait with a Harp, 1791

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Two Young Girls at the Piano, 1892. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Two Young Girls at the Piano, 1892. Creator: Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Two Young Girls at the Piano, 1892

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2011. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Joanne Shaw Taylor, 2011. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Joanne Shaw Taylor, Bonita Blues Festival, 2011

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Pat Metheney, 2008. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Pat Metheney, 2008. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Pat Metheney, Gary Burton Quartet (Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow, Antonio Sanchez), Barbican, July 2011

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Bud Shank, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Netherlands, 2004. Creator: Brian Foskett

Bud Shank, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Netherlands, 2004. Creator: Brian Foskett
Bud Shank, North Sea Jazz Festival, The Hague, Netherlands, 2004

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996. Creator: Brian Foskett

Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996. Creator: Brian Foskett
Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Distin Family, 1844. Creator: Unknown

The Distin Family, 1844. Creator: Unknown
The Distin Family, 1844. John Distin and his sons were British musicians who performed on saxhorns and were influential in the evolution of brass instruments in then popular music. Mr

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Dancing Lesson, 1878. Creator: Thomas Eakins

The Dancing Lesson, 1878. Creator: Thomas Eakins
The Dancing Lesson, 1878

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Creator: John Everett Millais

The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Creator: John Everett Millais
The Blind Girl, 1856, (1948). Two girls, the elder one blind and with a concertina in her lap, rest by a wayside stream after rain

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Miles Davis, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1989. Artist: Brian O Connor

Miles Davis, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1989. Artist: Brian O Connor
Miles Davis, Royal Festival Hall, London, 1989. American jazz musician, trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He was at the forefront of several major developments in jazz music, including bebop

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Count Basie Orchestra in concert, c1950s. Artist: Denis Williams

The Count Basie Orchestra in concert, c1950s. Artist: Denis Williams
The Count Basie Orchestra in concert. Sonny Payne on the drums

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Cellist Zosia Jagodzinska, 2017. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth

Cellist Zosia Jagodzinska, 2017. Artist: Alan John Ainsworth
Cellist Zosia Jagodzinska, Jasper Hoibys Phronesis, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, 2017

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown

A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Creator: Unknown
A Lady Playing the Tanpura, ca. 1735. Perhaps Radha, the divine consort of Krishna

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: The Musicians, 1597. Creator: Michelangelo Caravaggio

The Musicians, 1597. Creator: Michelangelo Caravaggio
The Musicians, 1597

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Maceo Parker, 2000. Creator: Brian Foskett

Maceo Parker, 2000. Creator: Brian Foskett
Maceo Parker, American funk and soul jazz saxophonist, 2000. Best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s

Background imagePlaying An Instrument Collection: Bob Berg, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, May, 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor

Bob Berg, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, May, 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor
Bob Berg, Ronnie Scott s, Soho, London, May, 1993




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"Capturing the Soul of Music: A Journey Through Time and Melody" In Ronnie Scotts, London, 1994, artist Brian O'Connor immortalizes the passion and skill of musicians as they harmonize with their instruments. The vibrant energy emanating from the stage transports us to a world where music becomes an extension of our very being. Pat Martino's performance in 2009, captured by Alan John Ainsworth, showcases the profound connection between musician and instrument. Each note reverberates through his guitar strings, creating a symphony that resonates deep within our souls. Traveling back to Christmas Eve c1915, Stanhope A Forbes paints a heartwarming scene where music unites loved ones during times of joy and celebration. The melodies fill the air with warmth and nostalgia as families gather around pianos or violins to create cherished memories. McCoy Tyner's mesmerizing performance at Newport Jazz Festival in July 1978 captivates audiences with his mastery over the piano keys. Ayresome Park in Middlesbrough becomes a sanctuary for jazz enthusiasts who lose themselves in Tyner's spellbinding improvisations. "The Gordon Highlanders, " painted by an unknown artist in 1939, depicts Piper Findlater winning the V. C. At Dargai in 1897. His bagpipes become more than just an instrument; they embody courage and resilience as he leads his comrades into battle with unwavering determination. The Band of Coldstream Guards marching past Buckingham Palace during Trooping the Colour rehearsals symbolizes tradition and honor. Their synchronized movements echo through London streets while their instruments evoke pride among onlookers witnessing this grand display. Johan Zoffany's masterpiece "The Sharp Family" captures a moment frozen in time - a family united by their love for music-making. In this enchanting painting from 1779-1781 (1942), we witness how music transcends generations, bringing joy and harmony to every member of the family.