Dorothy’s Jazz Love Blueprint is a celebration of the musical genre

Jazz Love Blueprint, as the name suggests, charts a brief history of the musical genre, detailing over 1,000 musicians, artists, songwriters, and producers who have made significant contributions to the form.

Their names are spread throughout an elaborate composition which replicates the circuit diagram of a phonograph (or record player), to pay homage to how this unique technology paved the way for early jazz pioneers. The advent of the phonograph in the 1920s and 1930s helped bring the cutting-edge sound of these musicians to listeners in the United States and around the world.

The long list of names adorning the print includes icons such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as new wave practitioners such as Kamasi Washington, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia.

For true jazz enthusiasts, there are also many smaller but equally important names, whose contributions span the genres of bebop, hard bop, cool jazz, free jazz, spiritual jazz and jazz fusion. There are even key figures from precursor genres like ragtime, like Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton.

The Jazz Love Blueprint is Dorothy’s sixth addition to a collection of prints which celebrate the history of various musical genres, with previous additions spanning electric, alternative, hip-hop, dance and rock. Each features a circuit diagram design based on equipment that shares a significant relationship with the genre in question. All prints are made from metallic gold serigraphs on navy blue paper.

Ada J. Kenney