Xavier Magazine

Jazzy Art

Associate professor of art Kelly Phelps and his twin brother, Kyle, who teaches at the University of Dayton, were commissioned to create a life-sized bronze sculpture of legendary jazz saxophonist Eric Dolphy for the Jesuit campus of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. The sculpture serves as a visual tribute to the legendary musician, whose tie to the college is about as loose as the musician’s music. In 1971, a couple of students who were overtaken by spring fever after a long upstate New York winter started blaring Dolphy’s music out their dorm window. A party ensued. Since then, Dolphy Day became “a day for doing a little bit of everything, but not much of anything,” according to a LeMoyne report, a day that “is unsupervised and disorganized, which leads to the conclusion that it must be fun.”

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