Lewis Achenbach’s Jazz Occurrence™


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Lewis Achenbach interprets the music and atmosphere of an event in his artwork in the moment.

“It started with documenting live music through an imaginative process, but it has become much more. It now feels like a translation or an amalgam of two languages. A Jazz Occurrence is a meeting place; a tertulia of like minds. We have a dialogue about our future by using the tools of our past. This is an artistic movement. The artists from opposite banks are meeting in the rush of mid-river.” — Lewis Achenbach, founder Jazz Occurrence (lewisachenbach.com | facebook.com/jazzoccurrence)

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Downbeat article on the 13th Jazz Occurrence

December 20, 2017, 10:16 pm
Downbeat screen capture Dec 2017

The project has arrived. 

Izzy Yellen and Michael Jackson covered Jazz Occurrence No.13 for Downbeat:


JO in Downbeat... Congratulations, Lewis! They did a very nice write up.
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286 days 18 hrs 57 mins 43 secs ago
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new website new coloring book

December 4, 2017, 1:59 am


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Jazz Occurrence No.13

October 25, 2017, 2:58 pm

Wednesday December 13th at 8:30pm at Constellation Chicago. $10


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3rd Chicago JazzO Mag Logg

January 18, 2017, 7:45 am
3X4 ft EPD No5
3X4 ft EPD No4


Cool, Lew!
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627 days 9 hrs 19 mins 43 secs ago
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Friendly Tap and Improvisation

January 13, 2017, 7:14 pm

Chris Weller and Lewis Achenbach collaborate on the 4th Sunday of evry month for a while.

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New events. Summer concerts. CREATeFEST V and more.

July 29, 2016, 12:21 am

A pleasantly busy schedule is ahead. Hot Chicago summer festivals and air conditioned inside concerts too. 

Renee Baker's CREATeFEST is going to be fun. CJF and HPJF are always great. I'm sketching Bill Callahan, Leon Russell, and John Mayal. And collaborating with Samuel Williams in Oswego for a Gypsy Jazz Occurrence. 

Then there's Glen Ellyn Arts Fest with Airic ThaPanimal on steel drums, to name one. And in the works: another Chris Weller collab. Not to mention the David Weathersby documentary JAZZ OCCURRENCE is in it's gathering interviews stage. We had JazzO No.9 and 10 recently for the 3rd annual Jazz Occurrence Art Exhibition in Aurora. Much attendance. Many thanks. 

Please consider supporting the JazzO project, here on ScratchBang.

-Lewis Achenbach, July 28th 2016

Hi Lewis— Happy 2017! I'm looking forward to catching you in action soon!
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680 days 8 hrs 59 mins 43 secs ago
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Summer Improv Painting

July 22, 2016, 6:36 pm
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March, April and May Jazz Occurrences 2016

March 18, 2016, 12:35 pm
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March, April and May Jazz Occurrences 2016

March 18, 2016, 12:33 pm
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Positano Postcard delivered to the next 5 subscribers!

February 6, 2016, 7:32 pm

Honeymoon. Espresso. Morning:

Positano Italia April 2013

The above limited edition print will go out to the next 5 subscribers to my Scratchbang

Jazz Occurrence™project page at any level.

This is one of my sketches of the dwellings Amalfi coast mountains by the ocean.

Moleskin notebbook sketches 2013©lewisachenbach/ARS

And again, if you subsribe at $50 or $100 you get 11X14 copies of sketches every month. Fresh art from Chicago and the Jazz Occurrence™ project. 

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Art incentives to support the JazzO™project

February 1, 2016, 7:46 pm

Friends and neighbors, curds and whey, partons and patronesses, I have an incentive for you.

If you decide (as I hope that you do) to give a monthly stipend to this artist and this important project in the anount of $50, you will recieve one 11X14 print each month of a new sketch, signed and authenticated. For $100 you will recieve three different 11X14 prints each month. 

These will be the begining of the ACHENBOX; a patron only subcription to the fresh artworks of the Jazz Occurrence™project. 

We will open February with this hot skecth of an ESS (Experimental Sound Studio) Chicago 2015©lewisachenbach/ARS featuring (L to R) Russ Johnson, Mike Reed and Jason Roebke. 

Don't delay. Get on the bus. I thank you, and the project survives because of you.

Live painting performances NEXT UP:

Feb 19th at Constellation Chicago supporting Juan Pastor's CHINCHANO

March 4th at the WALK IN Art Center Schuylkill Haven, PA

March 10th at the DANK Haus Chicago

May 6th at the APAC w the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project

June 3rd at the APAC w the John Pazdan Band

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Art creating art

January 29, 2016, 1:32 pm
photo by Rebecca Ciprus at Jazz Occurrence™ No.8 at Fulton Street Collective
2015©lewisachenbach/ARS ESS Chicago
2014©lewisachenbach/ARS the Westerlies at Constellation Chicago

Saxophonist Chris Weller turned me onto ScratchBang. So here we go.

Funding these Jazz Occurrences takes time and money. And it’s very much worth it.

I’m experimenting with the beautifully cyclical concept of ‘art begetting art.’ Meaning, I sell artwork on my site (www.lewisachenbach.com/products) to pay for Jazz Occurrence™ productions. And I sell artwork at Jazz Occurrence™ Art Exhibitions to fund more programs of the same.

So far, this has been working.

Chicago’s musicians have been performing for an art-trade. They do a Jazz Occurrence™ and get paid in art.

Currently my 11x14inch drawings go for $200 and the 3x4 ft canvas/boards go for $500–$1000.

Howard Reich recently did a Chicago Tribune article on the Jazz Occurrence™ project and artist Lewis Achenbach: trib.in/1VDs4mO