Zachary Zaitzeff and Zaitzeff Burgers

Zachary Zaitzeff, owner of Zaitzeff Burgers and local artist, is also a fan of jazz music. Zachary Zaitzeff’s favorite musicians include Chet Baker, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, and Nina Simone. Zachary Zaitzeff often listens to jazz music when painting to find inspiration. The improvisational style of jazz music perfectly complements Zachary Zaitzeff’s abstract style of painting. Although Zachary Zaitzeff is not a musician, he finds jazz music particularly inspiring and artistic in form.

Jazz music originated in the early 1900s within African American communities in the southern United States, and it remained in mainstream popularity from the 1920s to the 1970s. The roots of this style lie in African music combined with European harmony and form, as well as an incorporation of American popular music. Typical jazz instruments include the piano, drums, saxophone, bass guitar, electric guitar, tuba, and trombone. Jazz relies heavily on brass instruments combined with typical string instruments and percussion, often incorporating wind instruments as well.

There are many different sub-categories within the style of jazz. Two of Zachary Zaitzeff’s favorite musicians, Miles Davis and Chet Baker, are considered a part of “cool jazz.” Cool jazz arose following World War II, and it is characterized by a relaxed tempo and lighter tone than bebop, the style of jazz that preceded cool jazz. Dizzy Gillespie, another artist that Zachary Zaitzeff admires, is considered to have been a part of the bebop movement, which is faster in tempo and utilizes more improvisation in terms of harmony and melody than cool jazz.

Improvisation is also central to the jazz style of music. No other style relies so heavily on in-the-moment musical composition, making jazz music a highly creative form. Skilled jazz performers will interpret the same tune in individual ways, often never playing the same composition in exactly the same manner more than once. For Zachary Zaitzeff, this unique aspect of jazz inspires him to experiment with new colors and forms in his own painting.


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