Reflections on Jazz and Art

Tuxedo Junction
28 x 22
copyright 2021, Molly Larson Cook
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas


“Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can’t explain it. They really can’t translate feeling because they’re not part of it. That’s why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling.”

— Bill Evans, jazz pianist/composer extraordinaire

“… no one, when you stop to think, has ever equated abstract expressionism as a movement with jazz music. It’s based on improvisation. The rhythms, the personal involvement, all of this is part of the jazz experience.

— Romare Bearden, American artist

“Jazz is not just music, it’s a way of life, it’s a way of being, a way of thinking.”

— Nina Simone

“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way—things I had no words for.”

— Georgia O’Keeffe

6 thoughts on “Reflections on Jazz and Art

  1. Thank you so much…This one has generated a new kind of interest. Your take on it makes my heart sing…
    And it’s not the Wa-Hi fight song! Love, Moll

  2. Hi, Molly…..I just feel STRONGLY of the ocean…sand and sea, but particularly the strength of the sea when I look at Tux. Junc. Love it! (To each her own??)
    xo Marcia

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