Very cool event with Pittsburgh Jazz Legends playing alongside visual artists creating new works.
January 19 – April 3, 2009
Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild (MCG) is excited to present Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the
Masters and Pittsburgh Jazz Legends in collaboration with artist, curator and producer Gwendolyn Black. The exhibition will showcase works by well-known masters Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, Allen Stringfellow, Benny Andrews, Fred Brown, Richard Mayhew, Chuck Stewart and Edmund Yaghjian along with other noted contemporary artists. Black, a native of Pittsburgh, created Visual Expressions on Jazz nearly ten years ago to “give more recognition to visual artists who not only listen to jazz music while working but who have also been at the forefront of documenting and supporting jazz music through
their art.” Specially for its installation at MCG, Seeing Jazz: A Tribute to the Masters will highlight legends from the steel city including a selection of photographs from the Pittsburgh Courier archive.
Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6–9 p.m.
Special Artists’ Reception
Join us as we celebrate the interconnection between musical and visual arts. The evening will include author John Brewer signing his book, Pittsburgh Jazz, and a showcase of the Class of 2008 Pittsburgh Jazz Legends doing what they do best – playing Jazz. The
honorees are: Charles “Chuck” Austin, Harold Betters, Cecil Brooks II, Dr. Nelson E. Harrison, Roger Humphries, Dr. James T. Johnson Jr., Gene Ludwig, Joe Negri and Dr. John Wilson.