Style and jazz go hand in hand


Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performed at the Peace Center on March 14. What a rare treat it was to see and hear the best jazz musicians on the planet all under one roof. Wynton’s brilliance as a musician, band leader, composer, and teacher illuminated the house that night. The audience honored Marsalis and his orchestra with exuberant applause, and insistence on an encore. Known as “America’s classical music”, jazz originated in New Orleans in the early twentieth century and emerged from both African and classical European rhythms. I am not a student of jazz, but I do like listening to it. Sometimes it makes me extraordinarily happy, and other times it cuts me to the quick.  One thing I know is true about this home grown art form. Jazz always takes me for a ride, and I’m never quite sure of the destination. The road twists in unexpected places and detours to unfamiliar terrain. The best part about jazz for me is its element of surprise.

So how is jazz like style? Those who dress with panache do exactly what jazz does. They surprise you. During intermission at the March 14 concert, I engaged in people watching. I spied a young woman with a New York vibe and she carried a small black marabou feathered shoulder bag. I honed in on the bag immediately.  When I asked her if I could take a photo of her purse, she said that her coat was the best thing about her outfit. She graciously ran back to her seat and returned wearing a real show stopper of a coat. It had so many lovely surprising elements such as the black and white patterned piping against the rich red fabric. It also had gorgeous blousy sleeves. Designer An Ren of New York (how appropriate for the evening) created this beauty. Here is a photo of the label with the designer’s name in case you want one for yourself. Alas, the picture of the sweet little bag disappeared from my cell phone. Just imagine lightness and fullness at the same time. Something like a jazz note!

Wynton Marsalis concert goer wearing coat by designer An Ren

 

Coat by New York designer An Ren

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