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The Art of Jazz

Posted on April 30 2016

 
Today marks International Jazz Day which brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

Created in the Mississippi River Delta country, growing out of ragtime and the blues in the early 1900’s, Jazz is the most influential of all music styles in the 20th century.

In addition to its profound influence on popular music, with art and music going hand in hand, we were pleased to find so many diverse artworks influenced by jazz among our collection. 


Dinner Jazz by SLIM AARONS, GETTY IMAGES GALLERY


A charismatic image of Louis Armstrong, rarely captured in such an intimate moment, enjoying a plate of spaghetti in Rome in 1949.

Louis Armstrong (1898 - 1971) was a trumpeter, bandleader, singer, soloist, film star and comedian. Considered one of the most influential artists in jazz history, he is known for songs like "Star Dust," "La Via En Rose" and "What a Wonderful World". 

Slim Aarons is an iconic photographer, who worked mainly for society publications, taking pictures of the rich and famous. As well as his iconic society images, he also served as a photographer for the US military magazine Yank during World War II.

 

Alice in Wonderlands by ALFREDA BENGE, HYPERGALLERY


This is a beautiful vibrant print of a hipster White Rabbit showing Alice some dance steps, backed by the jazz playing duo of Humpty Dumpty and the Cheshire Cat.

This album cover was created for the French group Klimperei's Alice in Wonderlands album, released in 2000. Artist Alfreda Benge (best known for her collaborative work with Robert Wyat) created this print to mark the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.

 

3 Feet High and Rising by TOBY MOTT, HYPERGALLERY


De La Soul are best known for their eclectic sampling, quirky lyrics, and their contributions to the evolution of the jazz rap and alternative hip hop subgenres. 

This De La Soul original print is the result of a meticulous reworking of the original photography for the 3 Feet High and Rising LP sleeve alongside the original sketched proposal. The spirit of the cover art is revived and the result is an artist print that transports us back to the Daisy Age at one glance.

 

Frog with Saxophone by PANGEA SCULPTURES


We just can't get enough of this sax playing frog!

The saxophone is used in classical music, military bands and marching bands but is the signature sound of jazz music. The arrival of the saxophone as a jazz instrument is attributed to tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins' stint with the Fletcher Henderson Orchestra starting in 1923. The saxophone was soon embraced by Chicago style musicians who added it, along with chordal instruments such as a piano, banjo, or guitar, to the trumpet-clarinet-trombone-bass-drums ensemble format inherited from New Orleans jazz.

 

Best Thing (Gladys Knight) by MRWOOWOO


Gladys Knight found her love for music as a jazz singer in her high school big band in her native Atlanta before going on to become one of the most successful soul singers in America.

The SoulStars series of limited edition prints are based on a series of original paintings combining likenesses of 20th century jazz & soul pioneers with phrases inspired by the lyrics of the songs they were best known for. The intention is to create part tribute to the artist, part inspiration for the viewer, part simple affirmation of joy. This depicts Gladys Knight and her hit 'You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me'.

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