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The First Man of Jazz in 70 Linocuts

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The First Man of Jazz in 70 Linocuts

Toronto painter and printmaker, Stefan Berg, was recently interviewed by writer, reviewer, and radio host, Ron Steeds. Berg’s remarkable wordless graphic novel, Let That Bad Air Out: Buddy Bolden's Last Parade, was published in Fall 2007 by The Porcupine’s Quill. Berg illustrates in seventy linocuts the parade that is reputed to be the last time Bolden played his cornet. On his radio show, Steeds discusses his email interview with Berg, in which Berg lists his influences (Michael Ondaatje and Franz Masereel), his mentor (George Walker), and talks about his printmaking technique. Steeds plays some excellent New Orleans jazz on the show. He also enthuses about Berg’s book in the Dewey Divas and the Dudes blog, and he’s posted images from Let That Bad Air Out on The Improvised Music Collective’s Myspace page. It's a beautiful book. Read more about it at the Porcupine's Quill website.

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