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Jazz As Art

Duke Ellington

Stompy Jones

 

When you listen to music, you sometimes conjure images in your mind. Our Jazz As Art series invites you to listen to a piece of jazz and as it plays, scroll down the page and see which of the pieces of art I have chosen comes closest to the pictures in your mind. Hopefully, this will introduce you to recordings and art works you might not have spent time with before.

Stompy Jones is a Duke Ellington composition that was first recorded by his Orchestra for the Victor label in 1934. As far as I can see, the personnel for that first recording was:

Duke Ellington (piano, leader); Barney Bigard, Johnny Hodges, Harry Carney, Otto Hardwick (reeds); Cootie Williams, Louis Bacon, Arthur Whetsel, Freddy Jenkins (trumpet); Tricky Sam Nanton, Lawrence Brown (trombone); Fred Guy (guitar); Wellman Braud (bass); Sonny Greer (drums).

The tune appears again with quite a different approach by Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges on the 1958 album Side By Side. For this article I am using the 1934 version. I haven't been able to find out the inspiration for 'Stompy Jones' - perhaps someone knows?

 

Here are the pictures I have chosen to go with the music. See what you think - is there a picture that works best for you?.
(I think this only works if you spend time with each painting).

 

 

 

 

Michael Arnold

 

Michael Arnold Steam Train

 

 

 

 

Michael Smiroldo

 

Michael Smiroldo Jazz

 

 

 

 

Beryl Cook

 

Beryl Cook Line Dancing

 

 

 

 

 

Roberto Crippa

 

Roberto Crippa painting

 

 

 

 

William Holbrook Beard

 

William Holbrook Beard Bear dance

 

 

 

 

Vincent Van Gogh

 

Vincent Van Gogh Shoes

 

 

 

 

Allison Chambers

 

Allison Chambers painting

 

 

 

 

Jim Morris

 

Jim Morris Jazz Band Ball

 

 

 

 

Peter Sedgley

 

Peter Sedgley painting

 

 

 

 

 

Dariusz Labuzek

 

Dariusz Labuzek painting

 

 

 

 

 

Aime Da Costa

 

Aime Da Costa Ols Seaman

 

 

 

 

 

Lynda Bee White

 

Lynda Bee White painting

 

 

 

 

Shai Yossef

 

Shai Yossef painting

 

 

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