Byron Wallen portrait: the cover of the new jazz album

Byron Wallen jazz trumpeter

Portrait: Reflections on Belonging is the new album from the innovative jazz trumpeter and composer Byron Wallen.
Described as “one of the most innovative, exciting and original trumpet players alive” by Jazzwise Magazine, Byron Wallen chose to commission a portrait by Marc for his new album cover.

Inspired by Woolwich and the World

“The spark for the new venture was struck when the trumpeter was sitting in Woolwich’s central square watching the crowds go by – Nepalese and Nigerians, Somali mothers with their children, Lithuanians and Poles, long-time locals descended from dockworkers and munitions-makers at Woolwich Arsenal. It all set Wallen thinking about a project expressing his gratitude and respect for the people who had built, and still sustain, the community he has learned to call home over the past two decades. “

Marc has created many images inspired by that same town square and it’s rich cultural heritage, both as standalone works and as the backdrop for his comics.

Album Cover - Portrait by Byron Wallen
Album Cover – PORTRAIT – Byron Wallen

Album cover Byron Wallen portrait painting by Marc Drostle

Byron Wallen commissioned Marc to do the face forward portrait for his album of the same name. The Byron Wallen portrait was painted in artists acrylics on canvas.

You can read the review of Byron Wallen’s new album on the London Jazz News website here.