[Dixielandjazz] Modern art and jazz

Robert Greenwood robertgreenwood_54uk at yahoo.co.uk
Thu May 29 12:21:24 PDT 2003

Just to add a few observations to the modern art and jazz discussion. Apologies in advance if any of you have already mentioned these.

1. Jackson Pollock was more into OKOM than you might think. Despite his name often being mentioned in the same breath as Charlie Parker, Pollock was said to play Fats Waller and Jimmy Yancey records in his studio.

2. Wasn’t Rudi Blesh also connected with the art world? Maybe through Conrad Janis? The story I have read is how, one night while listening to Bunk Johnson’s band at the Stuyvesant Casino, Marcel Duchamp (dadaist in exile) came up with name Circle for Blesh’s record label. "That way they can’t accuse you of being squares".

3. One of the plethora of European artists living in the US after the rise of Nazism was George Grosz, father of Marty Grosz.

Robert Greenwood


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