|Scanned art by KarenQuilt: 100% cotton and the|
found "skeleton" of a leaf.
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|Dindga McCannon's "A Tribute to Charlie Parker" from Textural Rhythms: Quilting the Jazz Tradition by Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi.|
See one of Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi's jazz and quilts exhibit here. You will need to scroll about half-way down the page to see some of the quilts.
Click here to visit Carolyn's website to order one of her books.
Our First Jazz Cruise!
Just back from our first Jazz Cruise. What a fabulous experience! It was unlike any other jazz event I have ever attended with Gary. It wins hands down as the kind of venue in which I can enjoy experiencing jazz.
|Some of the members of the marvelous Clayton Brothers Quintet. L-R: Terrel Stafford, Jeff Clayton, and Gerald Clayton at piano. Missing from the photo are bassist John Clayton and drummer Obed.|
Below are signatures on fabric from the Clayton Brothers Quintet. Love the way John Clayton and the drummer added a little icon with their signature!
Their most recent recordings were nominated for Grammy awards for best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group "Brother to Brother" (artistShare, 2009).
Here's John Clayton playing with Diana Krall and another link to one of his jazz workshops.
I am not a hard core jazz fan. It's weird, but I have seldom had any music on in my office the past 10 years. I'm not quite sure why that is.
And I can't sit and listen to live jazz for more than one set at a club without getting restlesss...until now!! I have discovered the secret for me....having needlework in my hands.
Dark jazz clubs and concert halls do not readily lend themselves to executing needlework. The eye strain is terrible.
|Love the saxaphone! L-R: Grant Stewart, Harry Allen, Ken Peplowski. All I can says is WOW! |
Ken is also a wicked comic!!
Then came The Jazz Cruise, which changed my whole experience of jazz!
I now know that if my hands are engaged, I can sit through set after set! In fact, the needlework actually helps me concentrate on the music!
And the more I looked at it, the more the "story" this little quilt wanted to tell began to come to me.
The two pillars represent the incredible confluence of African rhythms --and its call and response-- with that of Western classical music. The checkerboard effect of these scraps represent (to me) how these two musical streams have experienced a long evolving journey through human history. The spark this confluence of musical streams ignited has evolves endlessly, just like our quilt art does!
We were once again privileged to hear Freddy Cole --brother of Nat King Cole-- and to meet him in person this time...
as well as meet George Wein --founder of the Newport Jazz Festival. What an honor to have both sign my little quilt!
....Plus all but 2 of the female musicians and/or singers, including the marvelous Grammy winning Janis Siegel (who was there with her own Quartet) signed. Of course Janis is still singing with the original Manhattan Transfer group as well --going on 31 years now! Manhattan Transfer is one of my all-time favorite singing groups. I first heard them while living in New Orleans in the 80s. The concert was outdoors at Audubon Park next to the zoo. I asked Janis if they knew ahead of time they were going to be riding elephants onto the concert grounds ---or was it a last minute surprise the organizers pulled on them?!! It was pretty much last minute surprise, she said, that they decided to go along with. I have to say as an audience participant, it was a pretty darn exciting entrance!!!
Janis was intrigued with the idea of a signature quilt when she went to sign it. Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the cabin the first four days of the cruise so I never got any photos of her. You can hear a song and see her here.
|Nnenna Freelon - WOW! What an incredible human being!|
Nnenna Freelon, nominated for 6 Grammys, has a huge heart for arts education and loves talking about parenting. When she signed my little quilt she exclaimed, "Oh, a quilt! Don't people sometimes make quilts out of people'sclothes? My sister and I want to do something with our Mama's clothes but we don't want to just give them all to Goodwill. Maybe we could make a quilt!"
Bucky Pizzerlli and his son John are two of our favorite guitarists. Bucky was on the cruise this year. John Pizzerelli will be on the cruise next year!
ANOTHER UPDATE: Finland's capitol is taken over by the Yarn Bombers -
click here to see more photos from Finland.
Update from England
And a motorcycle! Is there anything they won't cover with yarn?
PS: Gary's jazz radio program --JoySpring of Jazz-- streams live on Mondays and Friday at 3-5:30pm PST or 6pm EST on KLOI Lopez Island. Click here http://www.kloi.org/ to find the live streaming link and listen via your computer. He also does a classical program!
PPS: My sweet husband fixed the most fantastic meal for me last night and did it ALL by himself! This was my Valentine surprise gift. His preparing a complete dinner is a rare event in 43 years of marriage. Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks!