Famous American composer with generally upbeat, jazzy music (early 1900s).
Here are some pictures:
That's a pretty distinctive face.
Gerswhin in his element:
And a video of him playing "I've Got Rhythm":
A little bit of text:
George Gershwin is perhaps one of the best-known but most misunderstood of all composers. His association with the world of popular music has led many to underestimate his genius as a composer. Everything he wrote, from his show-tunes to his concert works, bears his unmistakable hallmarks: intelligence and warmth coupled with irresistible and infectious vitality. The same qualities pervaded his piano-playing, which was spectacular not only on a technical level but also for its sheer inventiveness; the improvisations with which he happily regaled New York party-goers in the 1920s and 30s - some of which, fortunately for us, he recorded on 78s and piano-rolls - are amazingly intricate, miniature masterpieces of harmony and rhythm, full of the life and humor of the man.
According to a friend, Gershwin played "with that delightful zest and relish. There was a naive honesty of enjoyment about him at the piano..." Gershwin never tired of performing, whether to an audience of one or thousands. According to Rouben Mamoulian (first director of Porgy & Bess): "George loved playing the piano for people and would do so at the slightest provocation... I am sure that most of his friends, in thinking of George at his best, think of him at the piano. I’ve heard many pianists and composers play for informal gatherings, but I know of no one who did it with such genuine delight and verve. George at the piano was George happy."
I first thought ESE looking at the first few photos, but I now think SEE fits him better. His music is a mix of "wham-bang" vitality and slower sentimental sections.