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James Gayles | JazzMasters: Bay Area Treasures 

Thu., March 20 2008
March 15 - April 13, 2008
Artist Reception | Thursday, March 20, 2008, 6-9PM
Marcus Shelby Quartet to perform with Faye Carol

The exhibition at Swarm, "Jazz Masters," includes representations of great figures in jazz by artist James Gayles (a musician himself). This series of portaits pays tribute to contemporary and historical jazz practitioners, with an emphasis on the Bay Area's own. The subjects of his works are those who were born, settled or developed their skills in the Bay Area, most residing in Oakland. Some are legends, some are lesser known, and all represent the breadth of musical talent that inhabits our home. James integrates his figures with more abstract backgrounds, playing of many improvisational themes of jazz. He has captured the unique affect of each of his subjects, ranging from Marcus Shelby to John Coltrane.

This exhibition is supported by the Oakland City Council and City of Oakland's Cultural Funding Program

Featured painting by James Gayles, "Marcus Shelby", Mixed Media, 36" x 30" from Jazz Masters Series, 2007
Learn more about the artist at:
The Art of James Gayles


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