Night at Birdland

Jane Robinson large abstract painting in home

Jane Robinson large abstract painting in home

A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 is a 1954 release by jazz artist Art Blakey, and a quintet which featured Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver and Curly Russell. It was first released by Blue Note Records

History Of Birdland
It was the bebop era, when jazz was at the height of its powers and New York City was its spiritual home. Birdland, the club named in honor of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, had opened on Dec. 15, 1949, a block west of the 52nd St. scene and for the next fifteen years, the club’s survival formula was built upon memorable double and triple bills, commencing at 9 p.m. and sometimes lasting ’til dawn.

Birdland established itself as the one place that every jazz musician had to play, as did Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Art Tatum, Sarah Vaughan, Art Blakey, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Lester Young, George Shearing, Billie Holiday, Milt Jackson, Oscar Peterson, and Sonny Rollins to name a few, in front of audiences that might have included Marlene Dietrich, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. Within the first 5 years of it’s existence, the club entertained almost one and half million jazz listeners at $1.50 a person admission charge.

Birdland was a rather small club, which seated around 400 people. After descending down the stairs the room opened up with the bandstand right in front and a long bar along the left wall. On the opposite side from the bar – as well as just in front of it – there were rows of chairs reserved for listeners only – sometimes refered to as The Peanut Gallery or Bullpen – and in the middle there were 10 to 15 tables with red and white checkered table cloths where food and drinks were served. On the far right wall there were booths.
Hailed as The Jazz Corner of the World, Birdland was the closest thing to a pure jazz club at the time. A place where new bands were born, new alliances formed, and modern musicians felt at home. Brothers, Irving and Morris Levy were the owners of Birdland, though it was operated by Oscar Goodstein, who took tickets and tended bar.

Birdland had a master of ceremonies named Pee Wee Marquette who was under four feet tall and was notorious for mispronouncing musicians names that didn’t tip him. One night Horace Silver refused to tip Pee Wee, so he introduced him as Hore Ass Silber. His voice can be heard making the introductions on Art Blakey’s 1954 recording “A Night At Birdland.”
Many live recordings were made at Birdland over the years by such artists as Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Lester Young, Lennie Tristano, Count Basie, Art Blakey, John Coltrane to name a few. Count Basie and his Orchestra recorded Live from Birdland in the 1950s, and even recorded the famous Lullaby of Birdland there. The disc jockey Symphony Sid broadcast live from Birdland on WJZ early in the club’s existence as did the Voice of America radio show.

For sixteen years the greatest music in the world was generated nightly within its walls until it succumbed to the high cost of rent that doomed many of the clubs in the area.

Wonderful Partnership with Crate and Barrel/Ugallery

Jane Robinson original abstract painting

Crate and Barrel has partnered with Ugallery to offer their clients original art!  Even more exciting is that one of the selected artists is ME!

This collaboration between the three has turned out to be even more successful than any of us thought….at least me.

In the spring of 2017 they asked for a beginning portfolio of 12 paintings and then asked for more as our collection was depleted.  I was just asked to provide another six painting just a few ago and now I just received this message:

 

Hi Jane,

I hope this email finds you well. Crate and Barrel has requested more art from you! They have asked for seven more paintings.

 

Of course there was more in the email but receiving this kind of email is the best.  No, I take that back…receiving a message that says “your art has been sold” is the best.

All artwork in stored in the artist’s studio.   Ugallery has sent a variety of professional padded art shipping boxes to keep on hand, plus marketing material, thank you materials, etc.   When an email arrives that X painting has sold, you have 48 hours to get it out to the FedEx office for shipping.  Easy Peasy.  Next, you get a check in the mail.

Now you know why I love this arrangement.  I get to paint and they do all the selling.  I just create and get paid.   What a wonderful world I live in.

Rene Olstead inspiration

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I’ve been in the studio today and this is one of my finished paintings to take to Chicago.    While painting this I was listening to a fantastic jazz singer, Rene Olstead.  I far I can see she only has released two albums.  I NEED more.  She is fantastic.  However she is best known as an actress, often on T.V. sitcoms. 

This recent work remains untitled.  Any suggestions?

 

Chills and Fever

Jane Robinson Abstract painting

I’ve been in the studio quite a bit. With Crate and Barrel requesting more work, more  commission work than ever, Ugallery asking for more…plus getting ready for the Chicago One of a Kind Show, December 7-10.   I will posting some of my newest work throughout the next few weeks.  This  painting is titled “Chills and Fever”  first published in 1964 and sung by Tom Jones.  A recent song titled “Chills and Fever” has been released by Samantha Fish.  A DEFINITE check it out. S

 

Jane Robinson Abstract painting

 

Crate and Barrel partnership

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It’s been a busy summer in the studio.  I was notified in May that I was selected as one of twenty-eight artists to begin selling original art through Crate and Barrel.  Yay!  But…they wanted 12 paintings by June 1st.  Wow.  Well I got busy painting.  But painting the work is only a small part of the project.  I then had to photograph each painting in high resolution and five shots of each painting…one main and four quadrants.  This is not an easy task.  Once you get the details correct in each photo you then have to upload to the site and answer about 10  questions for each painting.  This was done for each of the twelve paintings. Whew!

Then in June they asked for another twelve.  Repeat the process.

Now they have asked for another six by today’s date.  Mission accomplished.

The best part is…my work is selling regularly.  Pleased.  Humb

Jane Robinson _ Crate and Barrel

Press Release:   UGallery (http://www.ugallery.com), the premier curated online art marketplace, and Crate and Barrel, the industry-leading home furnishings retailer, today announced a partnership to exhibit and sell UGallery original artwork at crateandbarrel.com. The exclusive collection presents one-of-a-kind artworks by 28 top emerging artists from around the country.

“Our goal is to elevate home life for our customers into an emotional and aesthetic experience,” said Crate and Barrel President and Chief Merchant Steve “Woody” Woodward. “We are excited to add the energy of original art to our assortment for customers, and we are proud to support emerging artists across the country through our new partnership with UGallery and this exclusively curated collection.”

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https://www.crateandbarrel.com/artists-and-designers/jane-robinson/1

Thinking Spring

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abstract painting, Jane Robinson, artwork, art.com

Spring is right around the corner (believe it or not) and although I live in snowy cold Michigan I am dreaming of spring buds, open windows and kayaking.   These two recent paintings speak “SPRING” to me.   Light, bright, fun and uplifting.

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Jane Robinson featured in the Detroit Free Press – Ann Arbor Art Fair

Artist, abstract art, Abstract moxy
Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press 12:09 a.m. EDT July 15, 2015 http://www.freep.com/story/entertainment/arts/2015/07/15/ann-arbor-art-fair/30145735/

 

Every imaginable medium of art is on display at the Ann Arbor Art Fair that opens today — prints, drawings, photographs, sculpture fiber works, ceramics, jewelry, wood, glass, leather, mixed media, digital and craftwork. Let’s see, what else? Oh, yeah:

Painting.

With the work of more than 1,000 artists on display at the fair, which runs through Saturday, it’s a little surprising that just about 13% of the artists — roughly 130 — are working in the fundamental medium of painting. The good news for those who love the thrill of paint, especially oils or acrylics on a support base like canvas, is that the fair boasts enough work in all manner of figurative and abstract styles for folks to get their fill. You just have to be patient.

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“It’s true that you do have to search a little bit, but I don’t feel lonely,” said Jane Robinson, an abstract painter who lives and works in Jackson. “It’s perfectly fine that people come to the fair looking for $50 earrings, but those who are interested in original paintings will find me. They’ll spot me from four or five booths away.”

Now in its 56th year, the Ann Arbor Art Fair is one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in the country. It is actually four independent fairs that merge into a single organism, while each individual fair retains a unique character based on geography, art, prices, mission, history and surrounding businesses.

The highest concentration of quality work — especially painting — can be found at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, and at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair.

Andy Fletcher, who lives in Wisconsin on the Mississippi River, will be showing his paintings at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. He does mostly landscapes, creating soft-focused, moody pictures of broad, rural horizons, quiet farmhouses and subtle forms. The size of his work ranges from 7-by-10 inches up to 30-by-50 inches, with prices from about $250 to $2,500.

“Painting helps me make sense of the world,” said Fletcher, 37. “It captures who I am more than anything else.”

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Of course, many artists would say something similar about their favorite medium, whatever it may be. Still, there is something magical about the emotional impact of paint on canvas — the depth and nuance of expression that a loaded brush can convey, the power of color, the physical immediacy of a great painting and the incomparable tradition and history of the medium dating back thousands of years.

“Things happen more slowly when I paint,” said Fletcher. “It’s very personal and meditative. I remember my emotional reactions to things, and where I come from and who I am — it all shows up in the decisions of what I include and what I don’t.”

Though Robinson works in a different style rooted in mid-20th Century abstract expressionism, her paintings also reflect her core being. There’s an improvisatory rhythm to her lines, shapes, colors and gestures that grows out of her love of jazz.

Her work can be seen at Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair. She mostly works on a large scale, with paintings up to 6 feet tall. Prices range from $150 to $1,200.

Related: Kresge Foundation introduces new prize for emerging artists

When Robinson was a teenager, she worked in a record store along side musicians, and one day, they played her Miles Davis’ “A Tribute to Jack Johnson,” and she was hooked.

“Abstract painting speaks the same language,” she said. “It can be free and flowing, with punches of personality. If you listen closely to musicians who are improvising, you can hear the nuances and how they play off each other.”

Robinson, who paints while listening to music, tries to bring a similar sensibility to the canvas. “There’s an immediacy to the expression,” she said. “Moving the brush, blending color and then doing a sudden bold stroke.”

Contact Mark Stryker: 313-222-6459 or mstryker@freepress.com

Neutrals & Gold Large Abstract – Surrender

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abstract painting, abstract art, painting, Jane Robinson, artist
Surrender 24X48

You might have noticed that I never sign my abstract paintings on the front.  Why?  Because I want you, the collector, to decide the orientation for your personality and your space.   I love this painting but I would probably hang is horizontally over the side board in our dining area.  But it not stay in this location forever and I might decide to hang it vertically in the hallway next year.  With the absence of a signature on the front the options belong to you.

The title of this painting was inspired by the jazz song “Surrender” by Jonathon Butler. Jonathan Kenneth Butler is a singer-songwriter and guitarist. His music is often classified as R&B, jazz fusion or worship music. Born and raised in Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa, during Apartheid, Butler started singing and playing acoustic guitar as a child.

Add some abstract moxy in your life.  #AbstractMoxy