An exhibit of Jazz Collages, Paintings and Photographs
March 5 through April 28, 2012
From its roots in the djembe orchestra of West Africa, to its various incarnations as Dixieland, swing, bebop, big band and fusion, the improvisational spirit of jazz has been instrumental in the sound track of the American musical experience since the days of Congo Square in New Orleans during the early 1800s.
Mansa K. Mussa
This group show included the collages, paintings, and photographs of Patrick Hilaire, Nathea Lee, Frank Marshall, Mansa K. Mussa, and Union resident Stephen B. Ellis.
“This show is actually a series of exhibits I created to celebrate the rich diversity of this great music” states exhibit organizer Mussa. “I’m also happy that part of this exhibit is in April, which is Jazz Appreciation Month. I”m especially pleased to have in this ensemble, the work of Patrick Hilaire, a fabulous jazz photographer, who is exhibiting for the first time.”
Each of the artists also included an image of a drummer, in honor of the musicians who hold down the beat and keep the groove swinging.