Jazz Up! An Online Art Gallery via Pinterest


Jazz Up! An Online Art Gallery

We love jazz and we love art, what if you put the two of them together? You would have our Jazz Up!: Online Art Gallery board on Pinterest!

What you will find there are quite a few of our favorite jazz art paintings posted in this fantastic online gallery for your enjoyment.

Music and art have always complemented each other and we have thoroughly  enjoyed putting together this collection for you, please stop by an peruse through these wonderful paintings and prints done by some incredible artists. We hope you enjoy viewing this collection as much as we have enjoyed putting it together.

While you’re there, check out our other boards as well such as: Tulsa’s Jazz, Jazz Clubs, Jazz History, and Women and Jazz: A Celebration in Art…and more!

Check back with us regularly to keep up with our latest posts about jazz history and jazz art and Tulsa’s jazz community, thanks again for your support.

Stay Jazzy!

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National Artist Spotlight: Wynton Marsalis



Wynton Marsalis Performing at The Tulsa Performing Arts Center Friday Oct 2nd!

Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music for quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras, tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

Early Years: Wynton was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 18, 1961, to Ellis and Dolores Marsalis, the second of six sons. At age eight Wynton performed traditional New Orleans music in the Fairview Baptist Church band and at 14 he performed with the New Orleans Philharmonic, New Orleans Symphony Brass Quintet, New Orleans Community Concert Band, New Orleans Youth Orchestra, New Orleans Symphony, various jazz bands and with the popular local funk band, the Creators. At age 17 Wynton became the youngest musician ever to be admitted to Tanglewood’s Berkshire Music Center. Despite his youth, he was awarded the school’s prestigious Harvey Shapiro Award for outstanding brass student. Wynton moved to New York City to attend Juilliard in 1979.

In 1980 Wynton seized the opportunity to join the Jazz Messengers to study under master drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. It was from Blakey that Wynton acquired his concept for bandleading and for bringing intensity to each and every performance. In the years to follow Wynton performed with Sarah Vaughan, Dizzy Gillespie, Sweets Edison, Clark Terry, Sonny Rollins, Ron Carter, Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams and countless other jazz legends.

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The San Francisco Examiner stated, “Marsalis’ orchestral arrangements are magnificent. Duke Ellington’s shadings and themes come and go but Marsalis’ free use of dissonance, counter rhythms and polyphonics is way ahead of Ellington’s mid-century era.” Wynton extended his achievements in Blood On The Fields with All Rise, an epic composition for big band, gospel choir, and symphony orchestra which was performed by the New York Philharmonic under the baton of Kurt Masur along with the Morgan State University Choir and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (December 1999).

Marsalis collaborated with Ghanaian master drummer Yacub Addy to create Congo Square, a groundbreaking composition combining elegant harmonies from America’s jazz tradition with fundamental rituals in African percussion and vocals (2006). For the anniversary of the Abyssinian Baptist Church’s 200th year of service, Marsalis blended Baptist choir cadences with blues accents and big band swing rhythms to compose Abyssinian 200: A Celebration, which was performed by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Abyssinian’s 100 voice choir before packed houses in New York City (May 2008).

In the fall of 2009 the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra premiered Marsalis’ composition Blues Symphony. Marsalis further expanded his repertoire for symphony orchestra with Swing Symphony, premiered by the renowned Berlin Philharmonic in June 2010. The New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican have all signed on to perform Swing Symphony…

Click the link below to continue reading about Winton Marsalis:  http://wyntonmarsalis.org/images/press/WM_short_bio2010.pdf


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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Concert to Support ‘Sistema Tulsa’ Music Education Program

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Sistema Tulsa presents the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall, Friday, October 2, 2015. All proceeds will benefit the launch of Sistema Tulsa, a social change music education program. Underwritten by the Brannin Family Foundation, the concert will celebrate the launch of Sistema Tulsa and its partnership with Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and Tulsa Public Schools. Led by 9- time Grammy Award winner, Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has performed hundreds of shows to people of all ages on over six continents.

The Orchestra is composed of 15 of the most accomplished soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today and has been hailed as “extraordinary” by the Los Angeles Times and “the greatest large jazz ensemble working today” by the Chicago Tribune. Many have described Marsalis as not only a brilliant composer, but also the most outstanding jazz musician and trumpeter of his generation. He is a tireless educator and advocate for the Arts and will perform in Tulsa this fall to support the launch of Sistema Tulsa.

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The concert will be held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Chapman Music Hall on Friday, October 2, 2015. Tickets sales are available to the general public and may be purchased online at myticketoffice.com, in person at the PAC box office or by calling 918-596-7111. The tickets range from $30-$100. Based on the successful “El Sistema” program founded in Venezuela and featured on 60 Minutes, Sistema Tulsa is designed to build a culture of aspiration for students in Tulsa Public Schools. Jose Luis Hernandez-Estrada, the Director of Sistema Tulsa, notes, “I am delighted that Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are supporting our efforts to launch Sistema Tulsa. Marsalis and his orchestra are consummate musicians and true champions of arts education in America. We share a vision for access to opportunities in music that can lead our youth to more promising futures. As we marvel in their artistry we will be reminded that music can be a source of inspiration and an instrument of solidarity.” Burroughs, Chouteau and Lee Elementary School students in 4th and 5th grade have been invited for the initial program and participants are being selected through an application process. Opening day for the program will be September 9, 2015.


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About Sistema:

Tulsa Sistema Tulsa envisions how a comprehensive and inclusive music program can positively impact the social, cognitive, and aesthetic realms of youth development. Inspired by the philosophy and values of El Sistema in Venezuela, the program aspires to grow and support youth musical ensembles that exemplify and nurture the pursuit of excellence and high aspiration. Sistema Tulsa is steered by the vision of Boston Avenue United Methodist Church and supported by the Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, the Tulsa Public Schools system, and the generous financial support of caring sponsors.

For more info visit www.sistematulsa.org.


National Artist Spotlight Presents: Rodney Block



See Rodney and many other artists at The Jazz Eureka Festival, Eureka Springs, AR September 9th-14th!

Rodney Block, a Dumas native who has been thriving in the local music scene for the past couple of years will release his long anticipated album, Outside the Box, in mid-June. Block, a trumpeter who has been featured and performed in various venues across the region ranging from corporate to social, has built a niche in the genres of jazz and hip hop.

Notable artists he has shared the stage with include Dwele, Jonathan Butler, Dave Hollister, Wynton Marsalis, and Eric Roberson. In 2007, Block’s televised jazz feature, AETN Presents: Front Row with Rodney Block, was nominated for a Regional Emmy. Block’s backing unit, The Real Music Lovers, features Oliver Thomas (bass), Sam Carroll (piano), and Michael Chandler (drums).

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The Justin Echols Trio presents “Just in Time” at The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

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A man with dueling careers, Justin Echols is both a police officer and international jazz musician. Both a vocalist and pianist, Echols recently returned from Italy, where he played with Wynton Marsalis. Along with the Justin Echols Trio, Echols’ performance celebrates the release of his latest album, “Just in Time,” with a guest appearance by Shelby Eicher.

To enjoy the jazz, order your tickets online or call Bettie Downing at (918) 281-8609 and purchase your tickets. Members and Seniors enjoy discounted ticket prices at $10.00 each.  General Admission tickets are only $15.00, or $20.00 for Reserved Table Seating. Free Parking!

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