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JT Video Premiere: Terrace Martin on Jean-Michel Basquiat

The multi-instrumentalist and producer talks about jazz's influence on the late artist in the new Basquiat galleries of L.A.'s Broad museum

Terrace Martin in one of the Broad's new Basquiat galleries
Terrace Martin in one of the Broad’s new Basquiat galleries (photo courtesy of the Broad)

The celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) was deeply influenced by jazz—a connection made plain in the following video, created by Quincy Jones’ production company to promote a new exhibition at the Broad museum in Los Angeles and featuring commentary by three-time Grammy-nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Terrace Martin.

In the video, titled “Jazz and Bebop,” Martin explores how the bebop genre in particular, born in New York City like Basquiat himself, played a role in his artistic vision, and he examines Basquiat paintings such as Horn Players and their references to the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, and others.

This video is the first part of a three-part series by the Broad called Time Decorated: The Musical Influences of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The second, “Punk and No Wave,” will debut on January 28 and feature Afropunk Festival co-founder James Spooner; the third, “Bebop to Hip-Hop,” will feature University of Southern California professor Todd Boyd. All three segments were filmed in the Broad’s newly installed Basquiat galleries, which feature all 13 paintings in the museum’s Basquiat collection. Although the Broad is currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public can now go on digital tours of these galleries in anticipation of the museum’s eventual reopening. Visit thebroad.org/fromhome for more information.