Juke Box Comics

Between 1948 and 1949, six Juke Box Comics books were published by Eastern Color Printing Company. Each presented famous jazz and popular musicians in different stories and adventures. We can see parading through its pages to Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Al Johnson, Xavier Cugat, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway and Lionel Hampton among others.

They can be downloaded from here and here but you’ll need to register first.

(Those from the second site need converting from .cbz to .pdf.)

The cover of Jazz (1947)
Sold  (by Sting) on 29 March 2011 for $501,827

In 1941 Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) was diagnosed with cancer and, following surgery, he started using a wheelchair. However, Matisse’s extraordinary creativity was not be dampened for long. “Une seconde vie”, a second life, was what he called the last fourteen years of his life. Following an operation he found renewed and unexpected energies and the beautiful Russian-born assistant, Lydia Delectorskaya, to keep him company.

By manoeuvring scissors through prepared sheets of paper, he inaugurated a new phase of his career. With her aid and assistants he set about creating cut paper collages, often on a enormous scale, called gouaches découpés.

In 1947 he published Jazz, a limited-edition book containing prints of colourful paper cut collages, accompanied by his written thoughts.

Lena Karpinsky – Street Jam

An internet search confirms that Jazz and Art go well together and the acrylic paintings of Canadian Lena Karpinsky are particularly interesting because she captures the spontaneity and life of a jazz performance. Other artists, such as Bruni Sablan  and Ann deLorge are more interested in portraiture, perhaps working from photographs so they can capture a brief moment in time.

IndoJazzia would be interested in working with Indonesian artists with a particular interest in, of course, Indonesian jazz. If you are, or a musician who knows such an artist, please email us.