JAZZ instruments. A Weather Bird Press Picture Portfolio.



Pasadena: Weather Bird Press, 2003.

Printed and illustrated with Pochoir stencils at the Weather Bird Press. Fifty copies only. This copy out of series. 12 x 10 ins. Twelve folded leaves to make 48 pp. Grey stiff card holding loose pages in a facsimile portfolio in handmade Bhutanese paper wraps with title stencilled in black on upper cover. Introduction by Vance Gerry covering the early days of Jazz as popular music in the 1920s whereas today it is considered more of an art form. 10 full page line drawings coloured by pochoir illustrating jazz artists and their instruments: trombone, drums, trumpet, piano, bass, violin, saxophone, clarinet, guitar and vibraphone. Printed recto. In his Introduction Gerry writes, “the illustrations show the common instruments of jazz, but the depiction of the players is purely fictional and not meant to portray particular jazz artists”. From 1955 onwards Vance Gerry worked for Walt Disney as a Visual Development Artist and his animating skills and keen sense of humour are self-evident in his joyous Pochoir illustrations. Adela S. Roatcap called “JAZZ” a masterpiece of style and design and crowned Vance Gerry “the undisputed Debussy of Pochoir”. A fine copy of a very rare item in clear acetate wrapper.

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