The Jazz Gallery is proud to present the photographs of
Jean-Jacques Abadie
February 11th – April 27th, 2017

An opening reception will be held on February 11th at The Jazz Gallery to welcome the artist.
We hope you can join us for this very special occasion.

From Jean-Jacques:
I was born in 1959 in the south west of France, in Gascony, where I am still living. I became a teacher for primary school when I was very young, so I could spend my holidays traveling. That led me to practice photography, as many travelers do, and to learn geography at University in the early 80s. I am now history and geography teacher.

In the 90s I started family life and photographed nature, life, landscape … in Gascony and the Pyrenees Mountains. Even if my area is very rural area, cultural life is very rich and I took lots of photographs for friends, local actors, musicians, or festivals. All that work resulted in many local exhibitions since 1998.

The house that my great grandparents and grandparents built, and where I have been living for 30 years, is 5 miles from Marciac! Ten years ago I had the opportunity to get an accreditation for the Jazz Festival of Marciac, an amazing festival in a 1400 residents town, where every summer the greatest jazz musicians play over two weeks. So I could practice live music photography, in the best conditions, working year after year, surrounded by so many professional photographers.

Every summer I have had the incredible chance to sit 10 feet in front of Ahmad Jamal, Chucho Valdes, Dee Dee Bridgewater, John Zorn, Charles Lloyd, Snarky Puppy, Joshua Redman, or Wynton Marsalis (the festival godfather), and so many others.

As I am not a professional photographer, no media, nobody in the festival crew expects any picture from me. I am completely free. For years I used to photograph only for me, for friends, or some exhibitions – the last one was called Chamanes, because according to me musicians are in contact with mysterious and spiritual forces. When sometimes I gave the musicians photographs of previous years, I saw very often their surprise in front of their image, what they like or what they prefer not to see, even if it was for me a good photo; that had a great influence too on my photographs.


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”E’ da 20 anni che viviamo, litighiamo e lavoriamo insieme, in due, in Duo”

In their works depicting iconic figures of jazz, faces and instruments are forged…disappearing then reappearing.  Tsarkova and Chioccia paint with oil and enamel on canvass or on sheet metal. Sought, and stolen, stolen  objects are nailed , sawed, screwed and hammered.

Jazz isn’t just music. Jazz is a place where people and the sounds they bring meet. An ideal city where different cultures and philosophies combine into the new and the unique.

Olga Tsarkova was born in the great city of Moscow and attended the National School of Art. She completed her studies in Rome at the Accademia di Belle Arti (Rome’s Fine Art Academy) graduating at the top of her class.

Massimo Chioccia  was born in a small Etruscan country village in Umbria and graduated with honors from  the Accademia di Belle Arte di Viterbo (Viterbo’s academy of fine arts).

“It’s 20 yrs now that we live, work, and clash as a duo, a dueling Duo”

Their works have been exhibited in honor of many Jazz festivals including the “Casa di Jazz” Rome 2011,  the North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam 2013, and recently the 40th Anniversary of Umbria Jazz 

International historic jazz clubs have also displayed their work. The Alexanderplatz Jazz Club of Rome, Blue Note of Milan and  Birdland of NYC.

For the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival in 2014 a Tsakova/Chioccia work was chosen for the cover of the festival’s official celebratory book.

Their work has been used for for the official posters of Umbria Jazz Winter most recently 2015.






The Jazz Gallery is America’s premier performance venue for emerging international artists who challenge convention, take creative risks and lead their field as performers, composers and thinkers. Through residencies, workshops and exhibitions, we provide a platform for artists to discover their unique voice and a home for established musicians to continue to experiment and grow. At The Jazz Gallery, artists and audiences come together from around the world to explore new creative ideas, collaborate and celebrate jazz as a dynamic art form that reflects our ever-changing world.

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