Entering: Michener Museum Features Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard. Photo by Wayne Stratz

Entering: Michener Museum Features Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard. Photo by Wayne Stratz

Jazz frequents our home, studios, classroom, church, car… it travels through our life. So what a delight to find jazz history in our favorite local museum, the Michener. See what is on exhibit there now and upcoming. You have until October 11, 2015 to have this seat.

A place to take in jazz history: Michener Museum Features Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard. Photo by Wayne Stratz

A place to take in jazz history: Michener Museum Features Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard. Photo by Wayne Stratz

Herman Leondard said, “I saw photographing jazz artists as a visual diary of what I was hearing. I wanted to preserve the mood and atmosphere as much as possible. My goal was to capture these artists at the height of their finest creative moments.” Read entire interview here.

I have come to imagine doing the same within my studio. There are pieces that come from designs drawn to jazz, such as this one inspired by pianist Vijay Iyer:

Jazz doodling with glass: Inspired by Vijay Iyer. by Wayne Stratz

Jazz doodling with glass: Inspired by Vijay Iyer. by Wayne Stratz

And other in which I have no set design, but pieces of glass that are soldered together while the music of jazz vocalist Gregory Porter flowed:

Jazz doodling with glass: Inspired by Gregory Porter. by Wayne Stratz

Jazz doodling with glass: Inspired by Gregory Porter. by Wayne Stratz

 

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