Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."
Let's be audacious, my friends!
Backdrop artwork courtesy of Gregory Sipp. Gregory Sipp Website
Featured this week on The Jazz Network Worldwide: Mosaic artist Gregory Sipp showcasing his mosaic art of legendary jazz artists.
Gregory Sipp is a unique and tasteful portraiture mosaic artist who has captured the pure essence of a host of legendary jazz artists through his creative vision of mosaic art.
Gregory Sipp has been a jazz lover his whole life and not until the past eight years has he attempted to create, improvise and execute the various techniques that artists use to inspire themselves through this medium to capture the pure essence of world renowned jazz artists. He claims that jazz is the rhythm of life for him and that music invigorates his flow, creativity and improvisation as the foundation of his inspiration to create such signature pieces. “I feel that there is a message that jazz imparts that it allows for the sharing of learning life’s lessons, our diversity, courage and understanding others voices. The colors I choose are led by what is reflected through me as I listen to the music as my backdrop to inspiration for each work of art” says Gregory.
Even though he has been making mosaics for the past fifteen years and studied under internationally known mosaic mentors, artist Yulia Hanansen for seven years and participated in workshops by artist Carol Shelkin learning mosaic portraiture and implementing color, he has carved out a style all his own. Sipp continued to widening his scope of all things mosaic by joining the MAM (Mosaic Artists of Michigan and SAMA, the (Society of American Mosaic Artists) to be sure to stay on top of the new trends and to build solid relationships within the mosaic artists communities.
Branching out with his artistry Sipp has decided to take his art on the road by way of submitting his art to worldwide jazz festivals and jazz societies as he feels would be the perfect setting for a targeted demographic that would surely enjoy his work.
Gregory has completed mosaic’s of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billy Holiday, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughn, Charles Mingus, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Terence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis and his latest piece is of the great trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.
“When Gregory reached out to me to see how he could promote himself through The Jazz Network Worldwide platform, I found myself astounded by the precision of his vision. His artwork is skillfully set to bring forth a signature musical moment in time that most of us jazz lovers can relate to” say Jaijai Jackson of The Jazz Network Worldwide. “I had to make sure we worked together for his art needs to be worldwide and showcased at festivals and events presenting jazz”.
"Sharing your gift and talents with the world can be a bit intimidating; the depth of expression your mosaics present is something that should be always be shared with persons who appreciate unique art. I am tasked with identifying the best of the best works of art, clothing, and other lifestyle products on behalf of the Capital Jazz Fest. Mosaics are unique in themselves -- until your submission, for the past thirteen years I have never had an artist who has crafted mosaic artwork. Hence the reason you were extended an invitation to participate. I was thrilled you joined us!" -- Rev. Phyllicia M. Hatton, Capital Jazz Fest, Marketplace Coordinator and Manager
Sipp has agreed to be the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival Official Artist. As the official artist, his artwork entitled “John Coltrane” will be used as the image on the official festival t-shirt and on the cover of the official festival program book slated for September 1-4, 2016 at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park. The event is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Programmed by the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
Be sure to visit sippmosaicartistry.com to learn more and to purchase your favorite mosaic print..
Kevin now has three solo albums under his belt: the self-produced solo debut, Timetable (2002); the George Duke-produced, One Life To Love (2008); and the new self-produced, I Live For You (2016). Although Kevin eschews any effort to force him into a category or genre’, he freely admits to defining himself as “primarily a jazz vocalist who just happens to be a Christian”. He exhorts, “I hope I never agree to be just one thing. A true artist never wants that. I have been-and will remain-free to explore the musical universe. There’s too much out here to stay locked into one soundscape forever. Music is big, but Jesus is infinitely bigger. I want to touch his face with everything he puts in my heart to do. I hope people find my new record, I Live For You, refreshing, and dare I say it, groundbreaking.”
Chubby Jackson helped popularize the the 5-string C bass, was responsible for bringing be-bop jazz to schools all over the country, and also had the first American jazz band to tour Europe after WWII. He appeared in numerous movies and TV shows featuring the grand masters of Jazz.
Chubby performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Barnet, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gilllespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Red Norvo, Buddy Rich, Charlie Parker,Terry Gibbs, Ben Webster, Raymond Scott, Bill Harris, JJ Johnson, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, just to name a few.