Mary Stallings at The Battery
On October 7th, 2019, I painted legendary singer Mary Stallings as she performed soulful jazz at an elegant sold-out evening in the gorgeous penthouse of the classy private club and hotel, The Battery San Francisco. The event was produced by the Red Curtain Addict team of Kari and Parker.
Throughout the night, Mary Stallings sang some of her favorite jazz standards that have been monumental throughout her career while I created a digital painting (using the iPad pro, Apple Pencil and Procreate app) inspired by what I saw and heard. The replay you see in the video above shares in a few seconds the entire creative process that spanned a couple of hours.
About Mary Stallings
New York Times has declared Mary Stallings as “perhaps the best jazz singer singing today” and continues to sell out prestigious venues such as the Lincoln Center, SFJAZZ Center, Herbst Theater, Prague National Theater, and iconic jazz clubs around the world.
Mary’s phenomenal career includes performances with Billy Eckstine, the Count Basie band, Cal Tjader, Dizzy Gillespie (among many others) and has shared the playbill with Joe Williams, Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald.
Now, based in San Francisco, Mary has served as SFJAZZ’s Resident Artistic Director during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Seasons, received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the SFJAZZ Centers 2011 Gala and performed the opening song during the historic Opening Night concert at the SFJAZZ Center on January 2013.
Here are some more photos from the wonderful evening: