One man’s art is another man’s inspiration, and the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Art of Jazz series focuses largely on that fact. The three-part summer concert series features local musicians who are specifically paired with and draw inspiration from a particular exhibition.
“The synthesis between the performing and the visual arts is brought to life by the concerts in our summer jazz series. Duda Lucena’s compositions had audiences imagining the skittery gate of a ghost crab and the lofty flight of a butterfly on view in the watercolors by Mark Catesby,” said Lasley Steever, Director of Programs and Digital Engagement at the Gibbes. “Partnerships like these allow for new interpretations and introduce new audiences
The next performance, on Wed. July 19 at 6 p.m., will feature the Demetrius Doctor Trio — pianist Demetrius Doctor, bassist LaVontá Green, and drummer David Patterson. The local group draws influence from the Gullah culture. “Every part of me comes from doing something Gullah … it’s based on that foundation. It’s the genesis of my music, the beginning of everything,” Doctor says.
Doctor chose the following works of music based on these pieces within the current Artists Painting Artists
A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by the Mary Jackson Exhibit along with “Mary Jackson” by Mary Whyte
A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by “Accident” by Jacob Lawrence
A Demetrius Doctor original piece inspired by “Sarah Remembered” by Leo Twiggs
A Demetrius Doctor arrangement of “Summertime” composed by George Gershwin as inspired by “No ‘Count Boys” by Henry Botkin
“Jesus is Best Thing”
A Demetrius Doctor arrangement of a song by Rev. James Cleveland as inspired by “Jenkins Band (No. 2)” by Alfred Hutty
According to Doctor, the series is successful in bringing about new art forms through collaboration. “We can just kind of ignore art or ignore the things that can really be effective for us … There’s so much inspiration that can be drawn from art in general, and if we think about it like that we can definitely create a new vein and a new source of inspiration for music,” he says.
Local nonprofit Charleston Jazz is working with the museum to formulate the shows. This organization continues to aid local jazz musicians through events similar to the Art of Jazz.
The third and final show will be by Lewis/Gregory/Wiltrout and will take place on Wed. August 16 at 6 p.m.