Fashion and Jazz

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Coltrane Curtis talks about the influence of jazz musicians on fashion. I believe music and fashion go hand and hand, what musicians are wearing definitely have an influence on those watching. Here are examples of more jazz legends that develop a classic iconic style.Jazz is called to be the first and only original American Artform, I say it is true with regards to the style as well.

With this deep sonorous voice and boyishly handsome looks, Eckstine became the first popular African-American romantic balladeer. Eckstine was responsible for a transition phase from His early-’40s big band swing era to bebop. Eckstine’s design of a high-roll collar that formed a “B” over a Windsor-knotted tie was known as the “Mr. B. Collar.”

Miles Davis is the obvious choice, maybe the easy choice, from a very classic suit style to a more avant garde do what you want because im Miles Davis look, he defined a generation through both his musical genius and his dress code. His tender, unique sound on trumpet graced several of the most popular albums in jazz, including Kind of Blue in 1959. Esquire magazine featured Davis as a model of sartorial cool in 1960, when custom-made preppy or Italian-styled suits were his norm. In his later days, Miles borrowed from the psychedelic 60’s.

n 1965, the legendary jazz critic and Esquire style writer George Frazier dubbed Miles Davis “The Warlord of the Weejuns” in the liner notes of a greatest hits collection. A hell of a nickname, even if no one knew what it meant.

Nobody played the trumpet quite like Miles Davis, as well nobody dressed like him either. As the ever so present style chameleon with a sense of fashion that was constantly evolving, Davis was always at the forefront of Jazz’s major developments. Preceding his style shifted to the experimental and avant-garde, Miles spent the late ’40s to mid ’60s dressed in various iterations of conservative dapperness, from the Brooks Brothers suits he wore at the time of his 1949 recording Birth of the Cool, to the slim European suits he sported for 1963’s Seven Steps to Heaven.

In the ’50s, Miles went through an Ivy League phase, getting prepped-out in button-down shirts and boxy sports coats from the Harvard haberdashery, The Andover Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts. .

There’s no sense trying to be as hip as Miles, because Miles is a rara avis, a unique specimen.

As Coltrane stated, Duke really popularized the white dinner jacket as a staple for classic evening wear for gentlemen. The Duke really was truly an icon for the sense of grace and urban sophistication he possessed. His air of nonchalance and quiet virtuoso ability, left the ladies in the audience swooned by his musical grace. Arguably, one of the greatest composers of all time.

A young Billie Holiday shows a sense of class beyond her years. Lady Day showed an extension of the style brought on by Louis Armstrong, mixed with a deep mystery and melancholy, there was also a sense of uplifting hope in her music. With her distinctive style, her imprint on the world of jazz is forever prevalent.

The Trane had a rare gift for expressing sentiment and refined grace. What he did for Jazz innovation and improv broke many conceptions of the artform. He will always be remember for A Love Supreme, and his work “Giant Steps” will always be the jazz standard that sets the bar for the true virtuoso.

Working in the bebop and hard bop idioms early in his career, Coltrane helped pioneer the use of modes in jazz and later was at the forefront of free jazz. He was prolific, organizing at least fifty recording sessions as a leader during his recording career, and appeared as a sideman on many other albums, notably with trumpeter Miles Davis and pianist Thelonious Monk.


Known as the funky drummer and timekeeper of the Roots, Questlove isn’t strictly a jazz musician but incorporates elements of rock,soul and funk into his rhythms.

What Steven Ellison is doing now for music, jazz, and the progression of sound is definitely something to watch. It has been the future for a while. Now incorporating the live band and jazz element with cousin Ravi Coltrane, and the tornado of bass, Thundercat. Flying Lotus’ roots with the aunt as Alice Coltrane as well as his influence of Dilla, lead us into something special. On stage he possess a mellow, cosmic presence with the knack for music that gets deep in your soul.

Thundercat. His gift for composition and his combined virtuoso abilities on the bass, as well as his avant-garde style show us the wave of the next artist on the rise.



3 thoughts on “Fashion and Jazz

  1. This picture is not Billie Holiday nor my father’s wife and in some publications it is now being titled Donald Byrd’s wife Lorrraine Glover which was my mother’s maiden name before marriage to my father Donald Byrd. The woman’s first name in the William Claxton photo is Yourna.

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