I’m working with my friends at Jazz at Lincoln Center on a ten volume set of teacher’s guides to Jazz for Young People. These books and digital downloads will serve as an introduction to jazz music to thousands of students in music classrooms and in community jazz education courses. Lesson plans are by the music educator Sharon Burch and there’s audio and video recordings by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and classic recordings by jazz giants from history. Starting with Volume 1, this book introduces the music of New Orleans and Jelly Roll Morton. Volumes 2 - 10 will take students through the Swing Era, Bebop, Cool Jazz and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
At first, the idea was to design one cover that could be used for all ten volumes, but in a crafty negotiating ploy, I offered to design 10 covers for the same price as one. I enjoy thinking that the first thing some kids will ever see or hear about Jelly Roll Morton will be my drawing of him playing a piano that’s also a building.
The books also include some black and white spot drawings.
Arena Stage in Washington D.C. just announced its 2016/17 Season and I designed one of the posters for The Lillian Hellman Festival. Arena has a strong history of illustrated posters and it's always an honor to add to the series. Watch on the Rhine is a play set at the beginning of World War II in a big suburban house with a plot that includes family tension, a mysterious visitor, three kids, Nazis and a briefcase full of cash. Warner Bros. made a version in 1943 with Bette Davis. Marsha Mason will star and Arena requested that she be featured in the poster design.
The wonderful Nicky Lindeman was the Art Director, and she asked for a design that would have a strong period feeling. I thought that the war posters of Abram Games and Edward McKnight Kauffer would be a good starting point. Nicky managed to shepherd this one through with a minimum of revisions.