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E. J. Gold’s JazzArt Takes Stage at Mondavi Center

When the Delfaeyo Marsalis Octet performs at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts in Davis Nov. 3 through 6, E.J. Gold’s JazzArt paintings will join them on the stage of Mondavi’s intimate Vanderhoef Studio Theater.

JazzArt participated in the UC Davis 90.9 KXJZ Studio Jazz Series last year as well, providing monumental works on the concert stage for performers Jenny Sheinman, Miguel Zenon and Lionel Loueke.

“The dynamic, colorful canvases add a visual dimension to the experience to delight performers and audience alike. Musicians have told us how they’ve been inspired by the paintings and the audience has the pleasure of feeling immersed in the jazz both musically and visually. It’s a blast,” says HEI JazzArt Curator Beverly Korenwaser. “I’m really looking forward to hanging Gold’s new JazzArt on stage, hearing Marsalis’ exciting Octet and the responsive audience. A magical fusion!”

On Nov. 3, JazzArt will be on stage with Delfaeyo Marsalis, who is famous for his innovative jazz trombone, and is the brother of Wynton Marsalis who gave three concerts in Grass Valley in 2001 with JazzArt exhibiting on stage and in the concert hall. Four Marsalis brothers: Wynton, Delfaeyo, Branford, Jason and their father Ellis Jr., are individual and group recipients of the 2011 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Gold’s portrait of Herbie Hancock is in the Smithsonian – in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Natural History. At Mondavi, he will be joined by artists Grace Kelly Rivera, Douglass Truth, Leila Currah, S.L. Boyd and R.C. Trice for the off-stage JazzArt exhibit at the Vanderhoef Studio Theater. Rivera’s work was exhibited to critical acclaim at San Francisco’s Jazz Heritage Center’s Lush Life Gallery.

“Rivera’s notable ‘Fusing for Flight’ is one of the highlights of the JazzArt exhibit,” asserts attorney Annie Hopcroft.

Concert-goers will have a chance to look more closely and find out more about JazzArt at HEI’s table in the lobby.

E.J. Gold is well-known throughout the jazz community, having been chosen as the Official Artist of the International Association of Jazz Education, and his JazzArt appearing on stage with jazz greats including Wynton Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Nneena Freelon, Marian McPartland, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Toots Thielemans, Roberta Gambarini and many others; and at the Hollywood Bowl, B.B. King’s in New York City, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many other performa`nce venues.

This colorful, iconic, monumental art brought the magic of JazzArt to the Grand Opening of the San Francisco Jazz Heritage Center in the historical Fillmore District in 2007 and 2008, a jazz cultural center, which includes Yoshi’s San Francisco Jazz Club, a theatrical screening room, the Lush Life Jazz Art Gallery, and a jazz educational foundation. After the Jazz Heritage Center premiere, Gold’s JazzArt went on to headline the much-acclaimed Cool City . . . Hot Jazz show at the JHC Lush Life Gallery.

For more information on JazzArt, visit http://www.hei-jazzart.com, or call (530) 271-2239. For more information on concerts at the Robert & Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis, visit http://www.mondaviarts.org or call (530) 754-2787.