The Jazz Factor: Chronicling Legacies of Black Artists in Savannah (part 3 of 3)
One of Luther E. Vann’s greatest sources of artistic inspiration was the music of jazz. Viewers of his paintings sometimes attempt to describe a certain fusion of impressionistic and expressionistic energy experienced when looking at his work. It may very well be the same energy the painter experienced when imagining himself in a room with Thelonious Monk seated at one piano and himself at another, the two of them trading riffs and solos “straight with no chaser.”
At the awards ceremony held in the Jepson Center for the Arts, where Vann was recognized as the Telfair Museum Juneteenth Artist of the Year 2015, former Savannah State University radio station manager and Coastal Jazz Association president Theron A. “Ike” Carter spoke of the painter’s passion for the music. He recalled with some pride how Vann once said part of the reason he felt he could remain in Savannah after years of living in New York was because he had heard Carter play Monk's "Coming On The Hudson" on one his broadcasts.
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