Jazz Art Abounds This Summer In Harlem


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Artist Curt Matherne’s marching jazz band paintings debut on July 9th in Harlem’s Casa Frela on 47 West 119th Street off Harlem's Fifth Avenue. Titled “The New Orleans Second Line” dozens of colorful paintings covered more than two floors of this brownstone gallery.

As explained by the artist, “After a funeral as we got to the church the Rebirth Jazz Band appeared out of a downpour playing,” just as you see shown here in “Second Line #4”, Matherne’s 24" x 36" acrylic that he calls “en plein air, or on site painting” in and around his native New Orleans. “I consider myself a Jazz Audio-Visualist because my paintings are my spontaneous response to the relationship between the audio and the visual as the scene nfolds"
This exhibit will be at Lawrence Rodriguez’s Casa Frela till July 31st then move to Newport, RI to coincide with the Newport Jazz Festival.

Earlier that evening I witnessed DJ, Producer Gerald “G” Money describe to Marsha Reeves Jews, the nationally recognized entrepreneur who created the colorful high-end arts and crafts location in the midst of Harlem, how he reproduced with Kodak the 18" x 28" - “Collage of Black Brilliance” at his exhibit in her ZZAJ Gift Gallery, 270 St. Nicholas (at 124th Street). Jazz silhouettes by Richard Outlaw - mixed media on canvas, “All That Jazz” sculpture series by Whillet Design, Ray Charles depicted in acrylic and oil on window glass rescued from a Harlem brownstone. A striking large Martha Gilinski “Lester Leaps In”-oil on canvas and a delightful depiction of trumpeter Doc Cheatham when he played alto sax included as part of the IAM show.

At one of several openings sponsored by Artists on the Move as part of JVC’s New York Jazz Festival “Everyone Has a Talent and The Future Lies Within", Curator Gwen Black described the complexity of gathering 75 artists together sponsored by seven organizations including Councilmen Bill Perkins and Robert Jackson then hosting Gala Opening Receptions from June through August 2005 at prominent galleries, mansions and bookstores throughout New York's Harlem.

On Thursday, July 21st WBGO FM hosts an Artist Reception at the studio gallery, 54 Park Place in Newark, NJ at 6:00 pm.
Saturday, August 13th, 6:00 pm,
Hue Man Bookstore, “Mood Indigo: An Evening of Jazz, Poetry, and Art," 2319 Frederick Douglas Blvd., 8th Ave @124th Street.
Listen to WBGO for details of additional events.

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