Clearwater Jazz Holiday Releases 2014 Winning Poster
By Betsy Hecht Cramb
Once again, as they have for the last 34 years, the Clearwater Jazz Holiday has chosen its favorite and thus, winning poster for this year’s Jazz Holiday.
Pictured below, Rick (R.J.) Hohimer’s winning design cleverly includes the marquee of the newly renovated and restored Capitol Theatre in downtown Clearwater, announcing the Jazz Holiday for 2014. Managed now by Ruth Eckerd Hall, Capitol Theatre has developed into a trendy music hall and a popular venue for comedians and other performers since its restoration last year.
Fans of R.J. Hohimer, known as a “Jazz Age Artist,” will be able to buy reproductions of his poster to take home as a souvenir from this year’s Jazz Holiday. His work reflects the style of “narrative expressionism.” In his paintings, Hohimer tells stories of inspired musicians spontaneously making music of the moment. He captures the total environment of jazz and creates jazz on canvas. Critics have said that Hohimer’s art envelops the viewer by “creating alluring scenarios and inviting active participation in the story the artist has begun. The uniqueness of his art is that each time we look, we eagerly walk inside each painting;” allowing us to contribute our own imagined endings of the stories he tells on canvas.
This year’s stellar, world-renowned jazz event will take place from October 16th to 19th in Clearwater’s Coachman Park.
The Jazz Holiday Foundation just revealed the poster at a party held at the Lokey Mercedes-Benz dealership on Tuesday, June 17th with music performed by the Clearwater Jazz Holiday Combo and Ruth Eckerd Hall Jazz band. E & E Stakeout Grill and Guppy’s restaurants provided the hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the gala. This always eagerly anticipated event gives attendees a taste of what they can expect to adorn their walls with this fall.
The exciting musical lineup for this 35th Anniversary Clearwater Jazz Holiday will include Earth, Wind & Fire, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Spyro Gyra, Boogie on the Bay w/ Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and MORE!
Each year since 1980, the City of Clearwater has held a series of jazz concerts. The Jazz Holiday started as a 10-day series of jazz concerts on the back of a flatbed truck, which traveled from venue to venue around the City. It has now grown into a major regional jazz festival that draws tens of thousands of visitors to an excellent gathering of some of the greatest jazz talent each year. This year, organizers expect more than 50,000 jazz fans to arrive the third week in October to listen to some or all of the performances.
Some of the jazz stars who have shined at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday have included Herbie Mann, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck and many more.
In addition, some of today’s most innovative jazz greats such as Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Stanley Clarke, Hiroshima, Spyro Gyra, Acoustic Alchemy, Herbie Hancock and more have recently added their names to the headliners of this remarkable community gathering.
The Clearwater Jazz Holiday is a unique community event, open to the public and administered by a charitable foundation, The Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, The City of Clearwater and its volunteers. Not only does the Jazz Holiday bring live music to the Tampa Bay area, it benefits jazz education through its scholarship and educational activities each year.
In their own words,
“It is the mission of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday to be the leading proponent of jazz entertainment and education in Florida through the annual presentation of a world-class, live music festival in Clearwater, Florida during the third week of October and to promote tourism to Pinellas County as a key component of this celebration.”
Vista Galleries’ owners, Peter Lowes and Bonnie Fahoome, who have been framing Jazz Holiday collectible posters for about a dozen years now, say collectors frame and display them along side of many past years’ winners. Vista Galleries, official framer of the Jazz Holiday posters, is proud to participate again this year. They will have a booth at CoachmanPark where concertgoers can place their framing orders and purchase this year’s poster, as well as some earlier years’ posters that may still be available.
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