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Seeing Jazz: Artists and Writers on Jazz by Marquette Folley- Cooper, Deborah Macanic, Janice McNeil

Seeing Jazz is an evocative experiment, a place to begin, not the last word. It is not an encyclopedic effort to gather all of the jazz paintings and poems from around the world and across the century of this musics existence. Rather it is a playful attempt to illustrate how this music has made its cross-disciplinary mark.

This book is a worthy attempt to capture the spirit of this great American musical form. It is both interesting and enjoyable with so many fine moments. It reflects the creation of the still emerging jazz culture where the music is still a constant point of reference and sounding board: jazz the lowdown high-fly music of inspiration and perfection in form.

Photographers capture a 1941 picture of Cozy Cole Danny Barker and Shad Collins in New Orleans a 1947 shot of Dizzy Gillespie listening to Ella Fitzgerald you can almost hear her scatting --skidilibee-la-bee you--oo--e bop she bam ske tooria.

Or a photograph entitled 5a.m. with a piano. You can picture yourself sitting there or any one after a jam session. With melodies blooming and fading like flowers. Eyes closed a vein throbbing in your temple and sweat raining on the keyboards. You can just imagine it.

It includes a painters acrylic on canvas of Dizzy Gillespie. Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk ."We Came To Play". Suffused with personal anecdotes rhythmic literary passages and truly impressive paintings inspired by the riffs and refrains of jazz.

The authors sculptors literary or visual) is the ability to see an image have an idea and execute instantly. Whether musician or poets sculptors or essayist photographers or playwrights all artist who create in the language of jazz share certain influences themes and manners of expression; their works have common thread.

This book is the first to look at art and literature inspired by jazz.

Seeing Jazz has the works of some of the greatest poets writers painters sculptors and photographers of the twentieth century. From Henri Matisse to ManRay to Jean-Michel Basquiat including pieces by Toni Morrison Julio Cortazar Jack Kerouac Rita Dove Michael Ondaatje Langston Hughes and many others. With a foreword by jazz great Clark Terry an introduction by jazz scholar Robert O"Meally and an after word by celebrated double bass player Milt Hinton. This exhilarating concert of music art and literature will enthrall jazz fans art lovers and literary hipsters alike.'Seeing Jazz is an evocative experiment, a place to begin, not the last word. It is not an encyclopedic effort to gather all of the jazz paintings and poems from around the world and across the century of this musics existence. Rather it is a playful attempt to illustrate how this music has made its cross-disciplinary mark.'

Additional Info

  • Book Title: Seeing Jazz: Artists and Writers on Jazz
  • Author: Marquette Folley- Cooper, Deborah Macanic, Janice McNeil
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books
  • Year Published: 1997
  • Book Type:: Non-Fiction
  • ISBN: 811817326
  • Rating: Five Stars
  • Number of Pages: 144
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