Club Alabam (Jazz), Original Pen and Ink on paper, 10.5” x 13” unframed, 24 x 27” approximate framed, Circa 1959.
Well known jazz players would frequently jam with other musicians at the Club Alabam. The Club was also known for its vaudeville acts, Rhythm and Blues, Southside or Creole Jazz, Classic violinists and Ragtime. You never knew what or who you might experience at the Alabam. Jazz got its roots from places like Club Alabam where Pianist James Fletcher Henerson played with Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and the well know celebrity trumpet player Louis Armstrong.
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LeRoy Neiman was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, De Paul University, and the University of Illinois. He taught at the Art Institute of Chicago's school for ten years. Neiman moved to New York City in 1963 when he had his first one-man show at the Hammer Gallery. He then continued to portray the people and events of the world he knew best, or which intrigued him most. His best-known works are sports scenes, a reflection, he believes, of the fact that sports are universally a dominant force. He was the official artist for ABC-TV at the Olympic Games in 1972 and 1976, and at the Winter Olympics of 1980. Neiman's work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and the Hermitage in Leningrad. Some people will pronouce his name wrong and spell it Nieman, but we know who they are talking about.
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