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Andrew L. Thompson

These paintings are a tribute to jazz and its importance in American History. The terminology of music and art are very similar; and I paint with the same emotions on canvas that jazz musician make with their notes in a musical score.

group session
cool blues
jazz patterns
visual jazz
smooth groove

Group Session
Group Session was inspired by listening to jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, and Charlie Christian (from Dallas). These great musicians were major contributors to the “bebop” style of jazz which is a harmonically complex style of music. This painting has color harmony as well as movement, rhythm and balance. The combination of these elements in Group Session suggests the atmosphere of a jazz concert.