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Solid gold al­bum art

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Dur­ing the 1940s and ’50s, il­lus­tra­tor David Stone Martin cre­ated hun­dreds of al­bum cov­ers for Asch, Verve and other leg­endary jazz la­bels. Char­lie Parker, Bil­lie Hol­i­day, Lionel Hamp­ton and Stan Getz are just a few of the many mu­sic greats cap­tured in his iconic line draw­ings, which are counted among the col­lec­tions of the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art, the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum of Art and the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tute. Martin would go on to work for Life mag­a­zine and cre­ate cover por­traits of such po­lit­i­cal fig­ures as Robert F. Kennedy, Eu­gene Mc­Carthy and Mao Ze­dong for Time, but it’s his al­bum art that de­fined his 50-year ca­reer. Martin is now mak­ing a come­back via the Jaz­zFest Gallery, the ex­clu­sive dealer of his images. The New Or­leans-based on­line re­tailer of­fers mu­seum-stock, fine art prints pro­duced from vin­tage-edi­tion plates. You’ll find a cu­rated se­lec­tion of Martin’s most pop­u­lar prints at The Shops at 2011 Mag­a­zine (p. 37). jaz­zfest­gallery.com; 504.218.0304, by ap­point­ment only

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