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|Hands by Jeep McCoy - the artist used his own as a model!|
|John Coltrane - painting by "Jeep" McCoy|
In May 1986, they invited jazz lovers (via letters to businesses in PC) to their home for a night of jazz. 40 people showed - quite a turnout for a first run! NEFJA has since become an important lighthouse for lovers of jazz in an area that can't seem to maintain a jazz venue for very long; presenting over 100 concerts and giving out annual scholarships to serious jazz students in FL.
|Louis Armstrong - painting by Jeep McCoy|
|Milt Hinton - painting by Jeep McCoy|
Eugene "Jeep" McCoy was a fast worker, once he got started he'd work well into the night finishing a painting. There is a certain vibrancy and sense of excitement in the works that could only have been captured by someone intimately and deeply associated with the music. The facial expressions capture the deep thought and/or ecstatic joy of the improvisor.
|Nat & Cannonball Adderley - Jeep McCoy|