Jazz Is Not Dead, Says Indie T-shirt Line

JazzHeadz' Miles Davis T. Images courtesy of JazzHeadz.

JazzHeadz' Miles Davis T. Images courtesy of JazzHeadz.

As of Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Jazz is not dead, in fact, it’s too alive to be written off as the soundtrack for music snobs, said Nick Hill.

The proof is in Hill’s T-shirt line JazzHeadz. Hill, a Los Angeles-based graphic artist, made a T-shirt of jazz hero Miles Davis for himself. He wore it a Playboy Jazz Festival in 1999. A rabid jazz nut paid him $60 to take the T from off of his back. It was more than double what was being charged for the official concert tees, Hill said. He thought that he saw the start of a new business.

Fast forward to the current time, Hill has made concert merch for musicians such as Damian Marley. Yet Hill and his wife Yvonne sell T-s with unique art of John Coltrane, Thelonius Monk and just general jazz themes for JazzHeadz.

“Everything we do has a spin, it’s not enough to slap a picture on a T-shirt,” Hill said.” We follow the music.”

Jazzheadz has been sold at Amoeba and website jazzheadz.com.