Dorothy Releases “Jazz Love Blueprint – A History of Jazz Music”


A brief history of jazz plotted on the circuit diagram of a 1950s phonograph has just been published by the fab Dorothy.

Our NEW Jazz Love Blueprint celebrates over 1000 musicians, artists, songwriters, and producers who have played pivotal roles in the evolution of this ever-changing and constantly creative genre of music. From late 19th century jazz pioneers like ragtime composer and pianist Scott Joplin and New Orleans cornetist Buddy Bolden to today’s new wave of musicians like saxophonists Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia leading a revival jazz from both sides of the Atlantic.

The print pays homage to the great innovators who laid the foundations of jazz music, including influential ragtime musicians (Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton), New Orleans pioneers (Buddy Bolden, Kid Ory, King Oliver) , early recorded bands (Original Dixieland Jass Band, King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band), original jazz giants (Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald), swing-era musicians and big bands (Count Basie, The Dorsey Brothers, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Ivy Benson) and legendary jazz singer-songwriters (Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan).

The print mixes with musicians inspired by bebop (Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie), cool jazz (Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck), hard bop (Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver, Clifford Brown), free jazz (Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Cecil Taylor, Carla Bley, Eric Dolphy), spiritual jazz (John Coltrane, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders), jazz fusion (Chick Corea, Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra), even the dynamic current British scene (Ezra Collective, Shabaka Hutchings, Nubya Garcia, Kokoroko, Moses Boyd) and the explosion of the US scene (Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, Makaya McCraven).

Celebrating great jazz instrumentalists including saxophonists (Sonny Rollins, Coleman Hawkins, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young, Wayne Shorter), pianists (Art Tatum, Bill Davis, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Nina Simone ), drummers (Max Roach, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, Chick Webb), guitarists (Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin) and bassists (Charles Mingus, Ron Carter, Jaco Pastorius, Christian McBride, Esperanza Spalding).

The print also celebrates legendary clubs that have been focal points for the scenes (Sunset Cafe, Savoy Ballroom, Minton’s Playhouse, Birdland, The 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Cub, Total Refreshment Centre), record labels that have shared their love of jazz with the world (Blue Note, Verve, ECM Records, International Anthem, Acid Jazz Records, Brownswood Recordings) and educational and development organizations like Tomorrow’s Warriors.

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Henry R. Wright