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Map Details U.S. Jazz History

Who said cartography was dead? Mapmaking is alive and well, especially for Dion Good, creator of the Jazz History Map of the United States.

Depicting the entire United States, as well as insets of five of the most important cities in jazz history, the map details the diffusion of the different types of jazz throughout the United States. The map uses different colors and arrows, much like a flow chart, as well as text to highlight the places of birth and death of some of jazz’s most prominent musicians and to draw attention to the contributions of certain cities and clubs to the development of jazz. Complementing the insets of Chicago, Los Angeles, Kansas City, New Orleans and New York are keys that reference each city’s historical jazz clubs.

Good, who is a trained geographer and cartographer, decided to create the map after taking a jazz history class in college and later seeing Ken Burns’ Jazz. “I became convinced that there is no more purely American art form than jazz. So I decided to put my skill as a cartographer to work in geographically illustrating the history of jazz,” Good said.

The map, which measures 3-feet, 8-inches by 2-feet, 2-inches, is $20 (including tax and shipping) and can be purchased through Good by sending a check or money order to him at 3250 Dakota St. #A, Oakland, CA 94602. For more information, contact Good at [email protected]

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