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Long Street and St. Clair Ave Jazz Duets

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The sculpture at the corner of E. Long Street and St. Clair Avenue in front of the King-Lincoln Gateway Building was created by local sculpture Omar Shaheed in 2008. Titled “Jazz Duets”, the sculpture pays homage to the rich jazz history of East Long Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue. The... Read more

The sculpture at the corner of E. Long Street and St. Clair Avenue in front of the King-Lincoln Gateway Building was created by local sculpture Omar Shaheed in 2008. Titled “Jazz Duets”, the sculpture pays homage to the rich jazz history of East Long Street and Mt. Vernon Avenue. The sculpture took Shaheed nine months to carve out of one solid 25,000 pound block of limestone. One of only a few African-American artists who sculpt in limestone in the U.S., Shaheed has works throughout Columbus, including the King Arts Complex and Grant Medical Center.
As you stand next to Shaheed’s sculpture, take a minute to look around East Long Street and imagine what the district would have been like it its heyday as a breeding ground for world-class jazz talent. World-renowned saxophonist and Columbus Jazz Legend Gene Walker got his start in the Near East Side in the late 1950’s and performed with artists such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, and Neil Diamond, just to name a few.
If you select the audio tour you can listen to Gene jamming on the saxophone in “Jam for Jitney” -- a song performed in tribute to the late local musician Jitney Watkins and based on Horace Silver’s “Song for Our Fathers” at the end of the recording.

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