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with Elena Gilliam

     I've always loved the concept of visual art and music linked together as one celebration. In 2015  I premiered my first Art of Jazz Celebration at the beautiful Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. It was a wonderful Art exhibit and showcase of outstanding Jazz musicians.

     Starting in 2020, I began producing an online program, again hosted by the MUZEO. Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam are recorded programs presented quarterly and posted to YouTube for viewing anytime. They include virtual exhibits and great music from jazz artists and visual artists; photographers, fine artists and more!  Please tune in for an hour of relaxation and enjoyment!  Thank you for listening and viewing!


      Music needs to be heard and art needs to be seen! Together they make a beautiful friendship! 


Sunday May 12, 2024 1:00-2:00pm- LIVE EVENT!   The next Art & Jazz show will take place LIVE at the beautiful Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. Stay Tuned for more details! Tickets will be available on-line or in person.

MUZEO Museum & Cultural Center

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.

Anaheim, CA 92805


About Art & Jazz - Resident Jazz Artist 

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam is a quarterly virtual or live program hosted by the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California.   As the Muzeo Jazz Resident, Elena produces the show as a vehicle to shine a light on jazz music and visual art.  The Live events are held on-site at the Muzeo and give a wonderful opportunity to visit the exhibits while listening to live jazz. Virtual shows are uploaded to YouTube for viewing.  Feel free to check out past episodes with special guests including; Mark Miller, Bob Barry, Terrence Love, Tony Guerrero, Donald Dean, Henry "the Skipper" Franklin, Bili Redd Thedford, Valerie Herring, the George Gilliam Trio Summer Sessions, and more!   

Feb 11, 2024 Art & Jazz had a LIVE event at the beautiful Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim, California. The Muzeo  featured an amazing exhibit "TRADITIONS: HONORING HERITAGE, RITUAL, AND FAMILY | CURATED BY THINKSPACE PROJECTS AND TLALOC STUDIOS."  This exhibit included the work of several outstanding community artists.Our jazz presentation celebrated smooth jazz with a video display about the master saxophonist Grover Washington Jr., known as the father of smooth jazz and other key legends who shaped the fusion of jazz, pop and R&B; David Sanborn, Stanley Turrentine, Dave Koz, and vocalists Al Jarreau, Anita Baker to name a few!We had tasty music from the Edward Ponce Trio including Spencer Bowie and Noe Renfroe. All of whom are students of jazz at Fullerton College and Cal State Fullerton.Stay tuned for the next show on May 12, 2024!

Previous Shows available on YouTube:


Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam November 12, 2023

We explored the exciting rhythms of Latin Jazz from its beginning with interviews from Mario Bauzá, Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eliane Elias.  Latin music gained momentum during the early 1900’s in the United States on the East Coast. Afro-Cuban jazz is the first form of Latin jazz, emerging in New York City in the early 1940s with Mario Bauza and Frank “Machito” Grillo and their band Machito and his Afro-Cubans. It was the beginning of a long-standing musical blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and instruments. Legendary jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and percussionist Chano Pozo also brought the first collaboration of Afro-Cuban music and bebop often referred to as “CuBop.” 


Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam August 13, 2023

This show highlighted a few of the marvelous crooners in early jazz; Arthur Prysock, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Johnny Hartman. Adding to the ambiance is the outstanding work of artist Keith Mallett (


Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - May 14, 2023

The amazing voices of Mildred Bailey, Blossom Dearie,  Anita O'Day, Una Mae Carlise, Dorothy Dandridge and a couple of other surprises. Special guest art exhibit with work from Diane Russell from Portland, Oregon. 


Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - February 12, 2023

The show shines a light on their extraordinary musical careers of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.  Included are a few of their timeless music performances with special guest stars Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Williams.  On Exhibit is the amazing artwork of Everett Spruill.

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam- August 14, 2022 Featuring the Artistry of Blue Note Records- photography of Francis Wolff and Designer Reid Miles. Virtual exhibit with Janice D Monaco, Southern California multimedia artist shares her beautiful work.

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - May 8, 2022 Featuring Bob Barry, Jazzographer & Mark Christian Miller, Entertainer/Promoter

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - February 13, 2022 Featuring Tribute to MLK, Terrence Love, Photographer/Jazz Promoter

Art & Jazz with Elena Gilliam - November 14, 2022 Highlighting artists from the past year

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