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Jazz Inspired Posters and Record Covers

January 24, 2022

I’m sorry to say that I’ve never managed to get to grips with Jazz, that’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the laid back vibe behind it, but give me a fab Mid Century Record Sleeve that is Jazz inspired and I’m as giddy as the next Jazz aficionado !

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. The origin of the word jazz has resulted in considerable research, and its history is well documented.

It is believed to be related to jasm, a slang term dating back to 1860 meaning “pep, energy”. The earliest written record of the word is in a 1912 article in the Los Angeles Times in which a minor league baseball pitcher described a pitch which he called a “jazz ball” “because it wobbles and you simply can’t do anything with it”.

Since the 1920s Jazz Age, it has been recognized as a major form of musical expression in traditional and popular music, linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions.

As jazz spread around the world, it drew on national, regional, and local musical cultures, which gave rise to different styles. New Orleans jazz began in the early 1910s, combining earlier brass-band marches, French quadrilles, biguine, ragtime and blues with collective polyphonic improvisation. In the 1930s, heavily arranged dance-oriented swing big bands, Kansas City jazz, a hard-swinging, bluesy, improvisational style and gypsy jazz (a style that emphasized musette waltzes) were the prominent styles.

Bebop emerged in the 1940s, shifting jazz from danceable popular music toward a more challenging “musician’s music” which was played at faster tempos and used more chord-based improvisation. Cool jazz developed near the end of the 1940s, introducing calmer, smoother sounds and long, linear melodic lines.

The mid-1950s saw the emergence of hard bop, which introduced influences from rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues, especially in the saxophone and piano playing. Modal jazz developed in the late 1950s, using the mode, or musical scale, as the basis of musical structure and improvisation, as did free jazz, which explored playing without regular meter, beat and formal structures.

Jazz-rock fusion appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s, combining jazz improvisation with rock music’s rhythms, electric instruments, and highly amplified stage sound.

In the early 1980s, a commercial form of jazz fusion called smooth jazz became successful, garnering significant radio airplay. Other styles and genres abound in the 2000s, such as Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Many thanks to Wikipedia for the information used here today and if interested you can learn a little more specifically about Jazz Record Covers here.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Joy permalink
    January 24, 2022 1:32 pm

    Those covers are fantastic!

  2. psvallejos permalink
    January 25, 2022 3:27 pm

    Stunning!

  3. Cindi L. permalink
    January 31, 2022 8:15 am

    Love these!

  4. Cassandra permalink
    February 3, 2022 10:41 pm

    Super happy to stumble upon your blog! I’m very interested in mid-century illustration and art style, and your articles have introduced me to so many artists and art to learn from!

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