To order a print and donate, please email @ email@example.com
I made this mosaic to honor the memory of Robert Brown. Bob, as many people called him, passed away last year. There were many things that linked Bob and I together, I’m going to write about one of them, listening to live jazz music. Bob and I, and our spouses along with our other friends would often go to the Detroit Jazz Festival. Continue reading “John Coltrane – In Memory of Robert Brown. Bob”
Aretha Franklin is one of America’s greatest singers and one of best singers the world has seen. She sang songs that will heard forever. It was in the 1960’s that I heard this new voice, she sang like no other, she sang r&b with a gospel sensibility and with her own style. Continue reading “Aretha Franklin”
Ray Charles may not be a person you know a lot about. You may know more about his songs than the person.He was considered by many to be a genius. Ray Charles was blind, but he became one of the greatest entertainers of all time. How he was able to accomplish so much in his 73 years was incredible. During this virus era, I wanted to do a mosaic of someone authentic, energizing, and truly an original. It is my hope you will be uplifted by this mosaic and his story. Continue reading “Ray Charles”
Coltrane In A Mello Mood is the Featured Image at the Chicago Jazz Festival 2016. I have done three mosaics of my Favorite tenor saxophonist, John Coltrane. Coltrane’s Impact on music was considerable. He revolutionized jazz music with his experimental techniques. Continue reading “Coltrane In A Mello Mood”
There were many reasons I wanted to do Sam Cooke. I didn’t know before I started researching him how outspoken Sam Cooke was on the topic of civil rights and equality. He was one of Mohamed Ali’s closest friends. There are conspiracy theories about his death. Continue reading “Sam Cooke”
I have been a fan of Hugh Masekela since the 1960’s. Masekela was a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, and singer. He died in 2018 at the age of 78. He has been called the father of South African jazz. He was known for his antiapartheid songs like “Bring Him Back Alive”, a song about freeing Nelson Mandela when he was imprisoned. Continue reading “Hugh Masekela”
I started listening to Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul, in the mid 1960’s. She is 74 years old, in this mosaic she is approximately 62, she has been performing through her teenage and adult life for almost sixty years. And she still has strong vocals and a hard working performing style. She just performed at the Super Bowl this year. Continue reading “Gladys Knight”
This mosaic shows Sonny musing, contemplative and reflective. I started listening to jazz when I was in the 8th grade in 1961. At that time Sonny Rollins was 31 and he was already an established celebrated jazz tenor saxophonist.
He performed professionally in the 1940’s with Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk when he was very young.
He has played for seven decades and has made more than sixty albums. Sonny is arguably the third best jazz saxophonist to ever play,according to a list published by You Discover Music.
The first being Charlie Parker and then John Coltrane. Sonny is a big man and he blew the tenor sax like an alto sax. I saw him perform at the Hotel Ponchatrain in Detroit in the 1980’s , He had unbelievable power and hand speed when he played.
He is 88 years old and still alive, but he stopped performing in 2012, he is still involved in the jazz scene .He was awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 2010, the highest honor given to an artist by the government by President Obama. I will be showing this mosaic along with my other mosaics and prints, at The Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville Maryland, February 15-19.
I was invited to speak about my mosaics by Brenda Supuwood, the owner of Universal Stained Glass (pictured with me in the red sweater) Saturday, Dec. 29th. Universal Stained Glass is located at 8580 West 9 mile Road in Oak Park MI and has been in business for more than 33 years. Continue reading “Gregory Sipp visits Universal Stained Glass.”