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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

Visual Jazz
Visual Jazz was motivated by listening to the “fusion jazz” style made popular by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and others. “Fusion jazz” is a mixture of traditional jazz, rhythm and blues and rock music. The rhythmic patterns and movement in this painting suggests the energy of jazz clubs and jazz festivals. The variety of shapes and colors dance across the canvas like a musical score.