JazzArt of E.J. Gold to set stage for Mondavi Center concerts
December 3, 2009
The jazz art of world-famous local artist E.J. Gold will set the stage for a series of three jazz concerts at the Mondavi Center’s Vanderhoef Studio Theatre. The concerts will start with violinist Jenny Scheinman, Dec. 8 through 11, saxophonist Miguel Zenon’s septet from Jan. 27 through 30, and singer/guitarist Lionel Loueke’s trio April 7-10.
This will be the first appearance at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California, Davis, of HEI’s JazzArt which earned acclaim locally for its work for the 2001 Wynton Marsalis Concert at the Grass Valley Veteran’s Hall. About the JazzArt, Marsalis said, “This gig is extremely hip. I’ve never been in a place like this before – where the music is with things like … [art]. This was beautiful. It made the space a whole lot more alive! Jazz themes, different styles of everybody’s art … a feeling of community where everybody is coming together in a meaningful way. This is something that surely should happen more.”
This colorful, iconic, monumental art brought the magic of JazzArt to open the November 2007 grand premier of San Francisco’s Jazz Heritage Center in the historical Fillmore District of the City, in a complex that includes Yoshi’s Jazz Club and a jazz educational foundation. Held over by popular demand, Gold’s JazzArt went on to recently exhibit at the much-acclaimed Cool City … Hot Jazz show at San Francisco’s Jazz Heritage Lush Life Gallery.
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 Marsalis, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Nancy Wilson, Nneena Freelon, Marian McPartland, Chick Corea, Ravi Coltrane, Roberta Gambarini and many others; and at the Hollywood Bowl, B.B. King’s in New York City, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many, many performance venues. Gold’s portrait of Herbie Hancock is in the Smithsonian – in the permanent collection of the American Museum of Natural History.
E.J. Gold’s JazzArt has been described in many different ways by many different talents in the jazz world.
Howard Mandel (President, Jazz Journalists Assoc., New York City) writes about E.J. Gold’s rich history and renegade aesthetic, ending with “Gold’s work strikes this reporter as sometimes having a slapdash yet vivid, iconic effect, quite like a fast and memorable phrase of jazz.”
Edythe Bronston (President, California Jazz Foundation): “In Gold’s JazzArt you see the playfulness, the improvisation and the mystery of jazz. The visual adventure of spontaneous color and mood takes us right into the essence of the music. Then the magic happens. Separation disappears and the art, music and audience become one.”
Bill McFarlin (Executive Director, past IAJE): ” … their exhibit served to enhance and reinforce the important connection between art and jazz music.”
Vibrant JazzArt by E.J. Gold, Grace Kelly Rivera, Douglass-Truth and S.L. Boyd of the Grass Valley Graphics Group will be on exhibit for the entire series of the Mondavi Center’s Studio Jazz performances located on the UC Davis Campus in Davis.
For more information on JazzArt , visit hei-art.com/jazzart, or call (530) 271-2239. For more information on concerts at the Mondavi Center, UC Davis, visit mondaviarts.org or call 866-754-2787.