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Thanks everyone for your kind comments...they are very much appreciated! I could not have completed this without the shared knowledge, help and experiences I've gotten from Audiogon and elsewhere.
With regards to the painting, it is an original work by New Orleans artist Troy Guilbeaux that I bought April 11th 2011. The really cool thing about it is that it was painted on what they call "Katrina Board", which is wood material they used to board-up condemned houses after Hurricane Katrina. Troy salvaged pieces of this Katrina Board and did several pieces, many jazz themed, on one side and kept the original spray painted markings ("Do Not Enter", "House Condemned", "House Cleared" , etc.) left untouched on the reverse side.
Again, thanks everyone for looking!