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Henri Matisse’s large format illustrated book titled “Jazz” (1947) was “performed” primarily in 1944 under arduous circumstances during the German occupation of France. Because illness made easel painting difficult, Matisse cut images out of paper and arranged them as collages from which his assistant prepared stencils and then made prints. The twenty images in Jazz are non-musical subjects drawn from everyday life - e.g., The Clown, The Swimmer in the pool. The abstract forms are made accessible by the titles. I find that their freshness and boldness inspire even today.
Here are some collages from the Jazz series by Henri Matisse, plus various paintings, exhibited at the Centre Pompidou.
On Friday, Nov. 18th, London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall presented modernist jazz veteran, drummer Roy Haynes, whose A-List credits begin with Lester Young and Charlie Parker in late 1940s New York. Haynes’ drumming was supported by Peter King’s hard edged and flowing saxophone.
Haynes, born in 1925, calls his sax-fronted quartet The Fountain of Youth Band and, judging by his introductory frolics, in the video taken by an audience member below, he had just drunk copious draughts.
Haynes is among the most recorded drummers in jazz, and in a career lasting more than 60 years. And he is still going strong.
Pianist / band leader Bennie Moten and his Kansas City Orchestra were a huge influence on jazz in the 1920s and 30s. Much of the ensemble, which included Count Basie, went on to form the Count Basie Orchestra. His most popular songs were very danceable. Moten never really got his due, maybe because he died fairly young (tonsillectomy gone awry), just before this type of music really blew up all over the country with Basie leading the way.