'The way you wear your hat...' Ira Gershwin.
Hats matter to the Ivy Look. During a 1959 sabbatical from the relentless pressure of club dates and recording sessions the saxophone colossus, Sonny Rollins was seen practicing at 3a.m. on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York. On his distinctive shaven head was the hat that has become synonymous with Modern Jazz - a standard-issue beret. Aside from giving a whole new meaning to the bridge-and-tunnel set, it was precisely this image that subverted the humble hat into a symbol of proto-cool.
Written and illustrated by Graham Marsh
Illustrations: Copyright Graham Marsh
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About Graham Marsh
Graham Marsh is an art director, illustrator and writer. He has written and art directed many ground-breaking visual books including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records, volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool. He has co-authored and art directed Denim: From Cowboys to Catwalks and a series of books with Tony Nourm and on movie posters. More recent books are The Ivy Look, Hollywood and the Ivy Look, Jazz Festival, The Beat Scene, French New Wave: A Revolution in Design and a 50th Anniversary volume on Woodstock plus a book on the early years of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. He is author and illustrator of a children’s book called Max and the Lost Note. Marsh’s illustrations have appeared in magazines, newspapers and on many CD and album covers. He has contributed to numerous publications including Country Life and Financial Times.