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Jazz As Art

The Kit Downes Trio



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.


Kit Downes Trio Golden


The tune Madame comes from the Kit Downes Trio's album Golden from 2009. Introduced by the bass of Calum Gourlay, Kit's piano duets for most of this track while James Maddren's drums are very much in the background. Kit, Calum and James met during their time at the Royal Academy of Music and over the past ten years, these three muscians, who had already established themselves by 2009, have gone on to be key players in the UK jazz scene in a variety of projects. To hear any one of them play live is a joy. If you get the chance to hear them, take it. Click here for details of the album Golden.


Now, play the tune and scroll slowly down through the pictures I have chosen to go with the music (I think this only works if you spend time with each painting). See what you think.






Fernanda Cataldo


Fernanda Cataldo painting





Amedeo Modigliani


ModiglianiMadam Hayden





Hamed Abdalla


Hamad Abdalla painting






Pablo Picasso


Pablo Picasso Woman Asleep





Gérard Schneider


Gerard Schneider painting





James Coates


James Coates painting








Tommervik Grand Piano





George Augustus Henry Sala


George Sala painting






John Hubbard


John Hubbard painting





Felix Vallotton


Felix Vallotton painting the waltz





Ivan Aivazovsky


Ivan Aivazovsky Seascape






John Singer Sergeant


John Singer Sergeant Lily Rose painting





François Boucher


Francois Boucher Madame Le Pompadour




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