Posted on April 8, 2011
Fountain Gallery, Fountain House
March 22nd was a banner night for me at Miles Café, where my artwork has been on display for about four months. On this very special evening, people filled the club to capacity, and the remarkable jazz pianist Dan Tepfer and his trio performed tunes from his latest album, Five Pedals Deep. An art reception took place from 7-8 PM, and then nearly 50 people stayed for the performance, including co-workers (from J&R Music World and Newsweek magazine); neighbors; Fountain Gallery and Fountain House members and staff; fellow artists from the Art Students League; and jazz enthusiasts who have observed my sketching of live jazz performances at various venues in New York City.
It was great having a support network of friends, including my dad, Harvey Glass, who flew in from Florida. After the performance, I took the stage to honor the staff of Miles Café; June Kosloff, a part of the Fountain Gallery steering committee instrumental in putting the show together; Fountain Gallery Director Jason Bowman; artist Marty Cohen; and volunteer Fred Fiore. I dedicated the evening to a friend of the family, Scully Campagna, unfortunately not well, but who we hope will be soon! We then presented Dan Tepfer with an original jazz sketch I had drawn of him performing around a year ago at the Kitano Hotel.
Dan reciprocated my accolades. During the set, Dan mentioned that both performer and artist lay it all out for all to see, "Jon always sits in the front row and goes backstage as if to tell the musicians 'This is my work. This is who I am.’ This is the sign of a true artist," said Dan. He concluded, "It is a performance on a par with one that takes place in real time."
This show was my first at a major jazz venue, and I hope there will be many more. Four pieces of my pieces will be on display at Jazz Gallery on Hudson Street. Additionally, June Kosloff and I will be promoting my work in other venues, like the Cornelia Street Cafe. My goal for the future is to be self-sufficient through art sales. I didn't sell anything on the 22nd; however, it didn't stop me from enjoying the evening. The support of friends and Dan’s performance exceeded my expectations of what is possible when people come together in celebration of music and art –which, for me, go hand in hand.