It turns out Jackson Pollock was really into the music of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. He wasn’t keen on bebop or the modern jazz of his time. Can you believe it?! It’s very interesting he was painting so progressively in parallel with jazz musicians playing so progressively and yet, he preferred classic swing music and was turned off by bebop. Artists like Ornette Coleman were deeply moved and inspired by Pollock’s work, but it is without a doubt, Pollock would have hated Ornette’s work.
It leaves me in a predicament for this special edition of the Mark Rapp Group on First Thursday on Main as we celebrate the Columbia Museum of Art and their incredible Jackson Pollock installation. Do I play the music Pollock enjoyed or do I play the boundary pushing bebop that was happening when he too was pushing boundaries? Or do we play in that spirit of being progressive? Do we ignore the rules and play anything and everything?
Mark Rapp: trumpet, flugelhorn, efx
Nick Brewer: keys, efx
Chris Church: drums
Sam Edwards: electric bass
Awesome bar by Phillip Blair and The Whig.
Part of Free First Thursday on Main at the CMA. Come check out the new CMA with FREE admission! All new spaces are open, plus enjoy a talk on Jackson Pollock from Curator Catherine Walworth and a Sip and Scribble with the Friends of African American Art & Culture. FREE admission courtesy of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.