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All that Jazz at Swarm

Posted by novoscene on March 26, 2008


You can see it now — and you’ll probably find it worth seeing. Just as many of James Gayles’ subjects are worth hearing. Swarm’s new show, JazzMasters: BayArea Treasures is a destination for jazz lovers.

It’s a destination you’ll want to head out to Thursday and then again next week. The evenings we’re talking about were designed with the jazz lover in mind. Tomorrow, there will be live music by the Marcus Shelby Quartet with Faye Carol, and next Thursday, there will be a panel discussion with some big names that you’ll easily recognize. And each time you go – there will be a lot of art. But this is art you will care about — if it’s jazz you care about.

Prince LaSha by James Gayles

Artist James Gayles, who is also a musician, has created a series of artworks portraying jazz musicians. He’s got some of the stars, and some who just played – and some who still play – all that jazz. Some examples of the people you can expect to see on canvas: John Coltrane, India Cooke, Dewey Redman, Marcus Shelby, and Sonny Simmons.

What: Artist Talk and Panel: Jazz and Visual Art, moderated by Greg Bridges
When: Thursday, March 27, 6:30 pm
Where: 560 Second Street
Who: Panel members include:

  • Angela Wellman – Jazz musician, executive director/founder and dean of the Oakland Public Conservatory of Music, leader of the Count Basie Tribute Orchestra
  • Wanda Sabir – Arts Columnist for Bayview Newspaper and Writer
  • Duane Deterville – Writer, visual artist, musician, co-director and co-founder of Sankofa Cultural Center, organizer for the Sankofa Jazz Symposium series, co-author of the recently published book, “Black Artists in Oakland”
  • Marcus Shelby – Jazz musician, leader of the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra & the Marcus Shelby Quartet.
  • Kimara Dixon – Photographer, jazz musician
  • James Gayles – Artist, musician
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