Swizz Beatz x Kwame Brathwaite
Jazz has always been an influential part of Kwame Brathwaite's life. Having co-founded the African Jazz Arts Society and Studios (AJASS) in 1956, he began his career as a jazz photographer. He photographed superstars such as Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley in the 1970s, along with jazz greats like John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
In 1962, Brathwaite co-founded Grandassa Models, leading to the "Black is Beautiful" movement. He is known as the “Keeper of Images” for capturing the lives of young black people in uptown New York with his camera, including the Grandassa Models Fashion Shows, organized and produced by the AJASS – some of the models are featured on the front cover of the record at the 1968 Garvey Day Parade in New York.
Because of the resonance of Kwame Brathwaite's work within the context of jazz, Kasseem 'Swizz Beatz' Dean's curation included Brathwaite's piece, creating a transcending moment in time that friends and family can share by playing the record, sitting down with the sleeve and listening to the music together.
Artist & Curator
“Jazz has always been magic to our ears. I feel like it should definitely get more attention! This is the first step to pay homage to the great craft & art. Photography is also one of the best expressions of art and should be shown more often. Art & Music are brothers and sisters so I thought it was a great match.”
“I’m a big fan of Kwame and I also love I’m able to share pieces from my collection through music!”
- Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz’ Dean
The double disc vinyl record contains 12 tracks meticulously selected by Swizz Beatz. ‘Long Live Jazz’ takes you on a journey that includes iconic recordings of jazz standards, including Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, JD Allen and Kenny Dorham, and contemporary jazz from present-day greats.
The album's artwork features a seminal photograph from The Dean Collection, "Untitled (Grandassas in Car), 1968 c., printed 2021. Sikolo Brathwaite, Juanita and Tiffany McClean during a Garvey Day Celebration' by Kwame Brathwaite.
‣ “Until the Real Thing Comes Along” by JD Allen
‣ “Doubts 2” by Ibrahim Maalouf
‣ “Osmosis Part III” Performed by Paul Motian, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano
‣ “Call Out My Name” by New Masters feat. Immanuel Wilkins
‣ “Never Let Me Go” by Houston Person
‣ “I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face - Live” by Wes Montgomery
‣ “In A Sentimental Mood” by Sonny Rollins feat. The Modern Jazz Quartet
‣ “Little Girl Blue” by Jeremy Pelt
‣ “Doubts” by Ibrahim Maalouf
‣ “Alone Together – Rudy Van Gelder Remaster” by Kenny Dorham
‣ “‘Round Midnight (Mono Version)” by Miles Davis
‣ “In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning” by Bill Frisell, Thomas Morgan