Story and video by Kyle Sharp
Just in time for the holiday season, The Jazz Age will fill the gallery with bluesy melodies, combining the soothing genre with interactive art displays. Award winning jazz ensemble, the Gillian Margot Trio is set to perform two sets while artist, Susan Dobson: By Design displays her photographs and the AIDS Committee of Durham showcases art created by people living with HIV in an exhibit called POZitive Portrayals. The event will also feature a cash bar, a speech from Dobson herself and get ready to be taken back in time because Henry’s (in partnership with Marina Osmond Photography) is providing a 1920s-themed photo booth.
Manager of communications and social media for the RMG, Jacquie Severs says the event is a worthwhile experience for anyone interested in art and music, even if jazz isn’t their preferred style. “I think anyone who likes music will enjoy the performances,” said Severs. “Gillian Margot is a fantastic vocalist and I think it’s a great event for someone who likes music but might not think they like jazz. There’s something here for everyone.”
The Jazz Age is apart of an on-going series for the gallery called First Fridays where the RMG hosts a themed art event on the first Friday of every month. The monthly series began in February and Severs said it has grown substantially throughout the year.
“The response has been fantastic,” Severs said. “We’ve had a great turnout and it just grows bigger and bigger every month. The fun thing about our events is that it’s something different every time we do it.”
While January’s event as well as their one-year anniversary affair in February have already been planned, Severs said fans of the First Friday series should expect the full line-up for next year to be announced before the end of December.
Here, Severs tells us why The Jazz Age could be of interest to you.