Author Archives: Meredith d'Ambrosio

Boston-born Meredith d’Ambrosio, a Renaissance woman whose creative work crosses many genres, has successfully combined careers in the musical and visual arts. In 1958, in Boston, d’Ambrosio began singing with small bands, accompanied by Roger Kellaway on piano. Although she has worked primarily as a jazz singer-pianist, she is also known internationally as a calligrapher, watercolorist, creator of eggshell mosaics, composer, lyricist, recording artist, and teacher. D’Ambrosio branched out into New York City in 1981 and, since then, has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, performing with such musicians as Harold Danko, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Fred Hersch, Eddie Higgins, Dick Hyman, Hank Jones, Lee Musiker, Mike Renzi, Richard Wyands, Milt Hinton, Major Holley, Jay Leonhart, Michael Moore, George Mraz, Rufus Reid, Leroy Vinnegar, Buddy DeFranco, Harry Allen, Lee Konitz, Ken Peplowski, Phil Woods, Jack Sheldon, Al Grey, Johnny Frigo, Gene Bertoncini, Kevin Eubanks, Joe Ascione, Terry Clarke, Keith Copeland, Jake Hanna, Butch Miles and Ben Riley (view d’Ambrosio’s complete discography at Currently working primarily in oils on canvas, d’Ambrosio is preparing for a major solo exhibition, November 2015 through February 2016, at the Art Complex Museum of Duxbury, Massachusetts. “Landscapes Of The North Countries” will comprise oils on canvas and linen, as well as watercolors, and include scenes from France, Italy, Switzerland, North America, and Canada, as well as new oils of Duxbury, commissioned by the museum. D’Ambrosio’s paintings, both watercolors and oils, may be viewed through, her multifaceted website, which covers her work as a musician, painter, and writer.

Indian Summer

“After the dry-picking, when the tall plants and poison ivy bordering the pond next to the bog lose their bright red and orange hues, it is time to flood the bog for harvesting. The water is taken from the pond and pumped into the bogs from the pump house until the cranberries float. I was […]

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Summer Farewell

“Before the end of my final summer with Haydn on Cape Cod, my good friend and fellow vocalist Marianne Bermingham and I decided to go on an adventure. Our purpose was to venture into parts of Cape Ann we had not previously explored.”—By Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—9/22/2014—I painted […]

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Mid-Summer Haze

“Before reaching the bay side of Popponesset Spit, Clifford would excitedly jump off the boat and into the water before we landed. We would grab a line, pull the boat far up onto the sandy shore, and bury the anchor. Then, we three would begin our trek eastward and, eventually, meet the channel, then continue […]

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Summer Heat

“The view haunted me for decades, and I was determined to paint it. When I finally returned to sketch the scene beneath the bridge, nothing had changed, even the clothes on the line, as if it had all been stopped in time, waiting for me to capture it.”—By Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith […]

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June Bugs

June Bugs “After five years of mourning the loss of Clifford Brown, our sweet Chocolate Lab, Haydn and I decided it was time for another dog. We ordered a Black and Tan Coonhound from a breeder, though we would have to wait for her to be born.”—By Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio […]

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Spring, Almost

“It is a rare occurrence to experience nature at its most spectacular. This was one of those evenings. On my walk to the store, I stopped abruptly, taken by surprise as I came around the bend of my street. I stood for several minutes, transfixed by the splendor of the blazing sunset which became brighter […]

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Early Spring

“We walked behind the church and found the grave of Vincent Van Gogh next to that of his brother Theo. I stood up and recognized one of the expansive vistas painted by Van Gogh. He must have spent his time creating behind that church.”—Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—4/7/2014— Every […]

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Winter Abides

“Though I wore heavy mittens, my fingers grew numb as I sketched this foggy, snow-drizzly scene onto a thick piece of wood.”—Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—3/3/2014—   After a concert tour in France and Holland with “Haydn” (Eddie Higgins, my late husband), we took a side trip to visit […]

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Deep Winter

“Silent snowfall on deep woods; the crunching of my footsteps in the dry, thick snow; the promise of a warm fireplace and hot cocoa when I reached home and shed my winter clothes.”—Eddie Higgins The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio DUXBURY Massachusetts—(Weekly Hubris)—1/27/2014— This painting is the second of my three depictions of Peggy’s Cove, […]

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Autumn’s End

“One sunny day, we sat on the grass across the road and made black pencil studies of the cherry tree. Shadows took on new meaning for Emma that day. When I finally painted the tree in the winter, my pencil study became the basis for this oil painting.”—Meredith d’Ambrosio The Disappearing Land By Meredith d’Ambrosio […]

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