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Jazz & Blues Music

Jazz is a music genre that originated from African American communities of New Orleans in the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African American and European American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Although the foundation of jazz is deeply rooted within the black experience of the United States, different cultures have contributed their own experience and styles to the art form as well. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms". Although jazz is considered highly difficult to define, at least in part because it contains so many varied subgenres, improvisation is consistently regarded as being one of its key elements. The centrality of improvisation in jazz is attributed to influential earlier forms of music: the early blues, a form of folk music which arose in part from the work songs and field hollers of the African-American slaves on plantations.

Blues is a genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed from roots in African-American work songs and European-American folk music. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or "worried notes"), usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

Al Foster

Al Foster

Al Foster is an American jazz drummer. He is a versatile drummer who plays in musical styles ranging from bebop to free form to jazz/rock.

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Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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B.B. King

B.B. King

B.B. King is considered one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, earning the nickname "The King of the Blues"

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Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana.

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Cat Anderson

Cat Anderson

Cat Anderson was an American jazz trumpeter known for his long period playing with Duke Ellington's orchestra & his extremely wide range.

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Cootie Williams

Cootie Williams

Cootie Williams was a jazz trumpeter best known for his longtime work and recorded legacy with composer and bandleader Duke Ellington.

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Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie was an American jazz trumpeter & virtuoso credited with developing layers of harmonic complexity previously unheard in jazz.

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Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington was an American composer, pianist, and bandleader and is considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form.

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Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Jane Fitzgerald was an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz and Lady Ella.

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Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century & the best-selling solo artist in the history of recorded music.

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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton is an English rock & blues guitarist, singer & songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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Fats Domino

Fats Domino

Fats Domino was one of the all-time great performers, pioneer of rock'n'roll and piano wizard that influenced generations of musicians.

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Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra was an American singer, actor & producer who was one of the most popular & influential musical artists of the 20th century.

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Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock

Herbie Hancock is a pianist, keyboardist, bandleader, composer, actor & one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synhesizers & funk music.

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Horace Silver

Horace Silver

Horace Silver was an American jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, particularly in the hard bop style that he helped pioneer in the 1950s.

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Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela

Hugh Masekela is a South African trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer & singer, born in Kwa-Guqa Township, Witbank, South Africa.

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Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck is one of rock’s most respected and dynamic instrumentalists. He is widely regarded as a “guitarist’s guitarist”.

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter & arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.

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John Coltrane

John Coltrane

John Coltrane is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians.

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Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was known for his deep, calm bass-baritone voice and a trademark look, which earned him the nickname "The Man in Black"

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Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell's songs drawing from folk, rock & jazz helped define a generation. She is regarded as one of the greatest ever songwriters

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Keith Moon

Keith Moon

Keith Moon, The Who’s celebrated original drummer was noted for his unique style & eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour.

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Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Keith Richards is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

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Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull is an English singer, songwriter & actress who achieved popularity in the 1960s with the release of "As Tears Go By".

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Mars Volta, The

The Mars Volta

The Mars Volta was an American rock band from El Paso, Texas, formed in 2001, their music was a mix of progressive rock & experimental rock.

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Max Roach

Max Roach

Max Roach was an American jazz percussionist, drummer & composer, generally considered alongside the most important drummers in history.

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Miles Davis

Miles Davis

American jazz trumpeter Miles Davis is regarded as one of the most innovative, influential and respected figures in the history of music.

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Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters is known as 'the father of modern Chicago Blues'. His guitar licks and classic songs influenced many great music artists.

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Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy

Nigel Kennedy is a British violinist and violist & was Yehudi Menuhin’s most famous protégé, studying first at the Menuhin School.

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Nina Simone

Nina Simone

Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger & civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles.

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Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny

Pat Metheny is an American jazz guitarist incorporating elements of progressive and contemporary jazz, post-bop, Latin jazz and jazz fusion.

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Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist & songwriter who recorded solo albums throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

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Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove, an American jazz trumpeter, has played primarily with jazz musicians including Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock.

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Thelonius Monk

Thelonius Monk

Thelonious Monk was part of that small but select group of jazz musicians who were responsible for the birth of a new kind of jazz - bebop.

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Tom Waits

Tom Waits

Tom Waits is an American singer-songwriter known for his musical tales of bohemians, drifters, misfits & his blend of blues, folk & jazz.

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Featured Prints

Queen (QN001JA)

Queen

Freddie Mercury onstage with Queen at the Brøndby Hallen, Copenhagen in 1977 on their A Day At The Races Tour

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Fall, The (FALL001KC)

The Fall

Early shot of The Fall at Central Station Car Park, Manchester in the summer of 1978

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AC/DC (ACDC001MPUT)

AC/DC

Angus Young from rock band AC/DC onstage during their 'Back in Black' UK Tour in 1980.

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Oasis (OA001STDO)

Oasis

Oasis pictured at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire in June 1994

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Cure, The (CURE001MPUT)

The Cure

Robert Smith of The Cure in Brazil in March 1987

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David Bowie (DB003TEPA)

David Bowie

Terry Pastor's photograph of David Bowie from the 'Hunky Dory' album cover photo session.

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Featured Artists

Chic

Chic

Chic is an American band that was organized during 1976 by guitarist Nile Rodgers & bassist Bernard Edwards.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music and is best known as the founder of The Pretenders

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Smiths, The

The Smiths

Critics have called The Smiths the most important alternative rock band to emerge from the British independent music scene of the 1980s.

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Prince

Prince

Prince was a musical innovator known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress sense and unique vocal range.

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Van Morrison

Van Morrison

Van Morrison is a Northern Irish singer, songwriter and musician who is usually known by the name "Van the Man" to his fans.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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Jazz & Blues Collection

Jazz & Blues Collection

Welcome to our Jazz & Blues Print Collection - over 50 years of iconic images of the world's greatest Jazz & Blues musicians

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones Collection

The Rolling Stones have been entertaining audiences for more than 50 years. Our collections share the best images spanning their career

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Contact Sheets Collection

Contact Sheets Collection

Our contact sheet collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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