First Friday Art Collective: Jazz Heroes 3; Friday, May 3

First Friday Art Collective: Jazz Heroes 3

Friday, May 3, 2013
Kuumbwa Jazz
6:00 – 9:00 PM  | Free Event

(Santa Cruz, CA) Curator Marvin Plummer gathers five local artists to create interpretations of their favorite jazz musicians. The collective features San Francisco muralist Brian Barneclo; assemblage artist Jack Howe; artist/illustrator Charlie Powell; high school artist Owen Powell; and printmaker Doug Ross. DJ Vinnie will be spinning classic vinyl from Blue Note and Impulse Records from the 60s and 70s. DJ Vinnie was voted best local DJ by the San Francisco Bay Guardian Reader’s Poll. The KJ café and beverage bar will be open, so join us for a funky and festive First Friday!

More info on the artists:

Brian Barneclo studied painting and art history at Indiana University. In 1996, he moved to San Francisco, and began work as a sign painter, which eventually led to his current canvas – painting murals. Brian is influenced by Pablo Picasso, Romare Bearden, Paul Cezanne, and Stuart Davis. He gets tons of inspirations from living in San Francisco.

Jack Howe is a self taught assemblage artist, living in Santa Cruz,. His works are narrative pieces that tell a story. Jack has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tokyo, San Francisco, and other cities. He has exhibited at dozen’s of galleries including La Luz de Jesus Gallery, LA, since it’s early days on Melrose and many years with Patricia Correia Gallery, Santa Monica, along with museums, universities, and colleges. His work hangs in numerous corporate and private collections around the world and has been featured in major and indie films.

Charlie Powell is an artist/illustrator living in Bonny Doon.   His work has appeared in many magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post,, Forbes, Wired,, The New Republic, and The Wall Street Journal. Charlie also performs in the local gypsy jazz band Surf City Swing.

Owen Powell is a tenth grader at PCS School.  He’s a fan of many genres of music, including jazz.  He has participated in the annual Kuumbwa Jazz Camp for the last three years, and he plays bass in the local indie band Rat Trap. He also loves to draw and paint, and recently had a sell out show at Johnny’s Barbershop.  He also loves his skateboard.

Doug Ross has been making fine art silkscreen prints since 2005 at his home studio in Santa Cruz. Before embarking on his third career as a fine artist, Doug was a freelance illustrator for national publications, and before that a graphic designer. His experience in

the commercial side of image production has elevated the technical level of the fine art work, and paved the way for innovative techniques combining digital technology with traditional printmaking methods. Simplicity and being true to the form along with clarity of communication are paramount goals.

DJ Vinnie Esparza has been a fixture on the San Francisco DJ circuit since 1994. His diverse sets range from soul, funk, jazz, and hip hop to Afro-Latin, bossa nova, reggae, and club beats. Born and raised in Oakland, California, Vinnie began his career in music at college radio station KZSC in Santa Cruz, California where he served as Music Director, a member of the station governing board and an on-air personality between 1990-1994. Upon graduating, he moved to San Francisco where he began a series of ongoing club parties, many of which are still going strong today. He has opened for such acts as Tito Puente, Jamiroquai, Lee Perry, Bebel Gilberto, Mongo Santamaria, The Meters, Jimmy Smith, Eddie Palmieri, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Scientist, Brother Jack McDuff, Greyboy All Stars, McCoy Tyner, Lee Fields and The Abyssinians among others. Vinnie has also appeared at the Monterey and Quebec City Jazz Festivals. For his sets at Kuumbwa Jazz, he will focus mostly on the funky jazz sounds from the late 60s and early 70s with touches of Latin jazz.  And yes, he still spins vinyl records.

First Friday Art Collective: Jazz Heroes 3

DATE: Friday, May 3 2013
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Media contact:
Sandy Sloan

831-427-2227 x204

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