Friday, September 30, 2011

Rhythm & Ribs 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Fest 2011 Official Event Poster

The completed event poster for 2011.

For this year's piece, I worked with a fabulous Kansas City musician for my model. My young son and I went down to 18th & Vine to photograph this musician for the reference shots. It was a great experience for us all, and gives the poster a sense of place and authenticity. The incorporation of historic landmarks, the Charlie Parker sculpture, and a portrait of a working musician, gives a soul to the artwork.

The event takes place Saturday, October 8th. You can get more info here.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Rhythm & Ribs 18th & Vine Blues & Jazz Fest 2011


The American Jazz Museum presents the 6th Annual Rhythm &Ribs 18th & Vine Jazz Fest. Headliners this year are WAR, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Christian McBride & Inside Straight.  


I am fortunate to be working with the folks at AMJ again to create art for the festival. Below is a promotional piece advertising early ticket sales for the event. This first piece is inspired by the funk style of the mid-late1960s and early 1970s. It has been particularly fun to work on. Check back for more work as it is developed for the promotional poster.


2011 R&R 18th & Vine Jazz & Blues Fest
early ticket sales poster

Friday, May 13, 2011

The American Jazz Museum: PEER Logo


A fun project I recently completed was a logo design for the American Jazz Museum. It is a logo to represent the new initiative the American Jazz Museum is taking toward fund raising. Below is the final logo design, concepts, and a short video and story from our local NBC affiliate. It was fun using letterpress type and illustration combined to create this piece.

This logo design is a new member of a family of logos created for the AMJ. The logo for the Rhythm and Ribs event logo can be viewed here.

Final PEER logo

Original Concepts for Logo


KANSAS CITY, Missouri - The American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, is launching a new initiative called PEER into the Future.

At a luncheon on Monday, business executives, community leaders and corporate managers were asked to become lifelong donors and volunteers to continue the mission of the Jazz Museum.

The American Jazz Museum is the only museum in the world solely focused on the preservation, exhibition and advancement of jazz.

“We want to have traveling exhibits that go around the country promoting jazz and showing incredible historic performances on film,” said Greg Carroll, CEO of the American Jazz Museum.

“We also want to increase student attendance at the Jazz Museum so that those students become future jazz audiences and jazz performers,” Carroll added.
“This is about securing jazz as the original American music art form that it is with deep roots in Kansas City,” Carroll explained.

If you would like to donate visit the American Jazz Museum at www.American JazzMuseum.com
From NBC Acton News

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Painting for Pre-School

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to perform a live painting for my son's school. I have to say, I was more than a little nervous. I emerged unscathed and we all had a great time. I completed a painting of a mustached robot in about 2 hours, start to finish. It's acrylic on canvas, 24" x 36".  Below are some shots from the process, including my rough sketch I worked from. The children painted their interpretations of a robot while I painted mine. I love what they created!


Completed painting
Robot in Process
Kid's Paintings

Sunday, February 20, 2011