Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Kuumbwa Jazz Center Unveils Jazz Mural

Santa Cruz performing arts organization celebrates 35 years of presenting jazz

Jazz Alley mural by Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, California

The Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz recently celebrated its 35 years of presenting jazz by unveiling a mural called “Jazz Alley,” a 80-foot-by-12-foot mural depicting five noted jazz artists-Christian McBride, John Scofield, Regina Carter, Roy Hargrove and Betty Carter. Tim Jackson, the artistic director of Kuumbwa Jazz since its early days, says that those artists were specifically chosen because of their connections to the center and its history. “I tried to make it a diverse group,” Jackson adds.

It took Santa Cruz visual artist Marvin Plummer about 19 days to paint the mural. Plummer adopted his duotone painting style from the famed 40s & 50s Blue Note jazz album covers. Somehow through the miracle of modern technology, Plummer created a six-minute time-lapsed video of the entire painting process. In the video which can be viewed here Plummer explains his methodology and vision for the mural.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published