David Stone Martin part 1

Illustrator David Stone Martin (1913 – 1992) was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers of the postwar era, creating over 400 album covers. Much of his work spotlighted jazz, with his signature hand-drawn, calligraphic line perfectly capturing the energy and spontaneity of the idiom.

Born David Livingstone Martin in Chicago in 1913, he later studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and began his career as an assistant to the social realist painter Ben Shahn, designing murals during the 1933 World's Fair. Martin spent the remainder of the decade as art director of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and served during World War II as an artist/correspondent for Life magazine.

After returning to the U.S. he mounted a career as a freelance artist, landing advertising commissions for clients including the Disc Company of America, CBS Television, and Lincoln Center; in 1948, he also began teaching at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art, followed in 1950 by a year at New York City's Workshop School of Advertising and Editorial Art.

Martin entered music illustration through his longtime friendship with producer Norman Granz, designing label art for Granz’s Verve, Norgran, Clef, and Down Home imprints as well as hundreds of now-classic cover paintings for acts including Count Basie, Art Tatum, Gene Krupa, and Lionel Hampton. Martin also created a series of designs for the pianist Mary Lou Williams with whom he enjoyed a torrid affair. Martin’s work has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and others. He died of pneumonia in New London, CT in 1992.

This is part 1 of a 4-part post on the works of David Stone Martin:

1940s Coleman Hawkins on Asch Records 78 album

1940s John Kirby and Orchestra 78 album

1940s Meade Lux Lewis "Boogie" 78 album

1942 Strong in the Strength of the Lord poster

1943 Above and Beyond the Call of Duty poster

1944 Folk Songs sung by Josh White

1944 Mary Lou Williams Trio 78 album

1946 Calypso Vol. 2

1947 Lucky Strike

1947 Lucky Strike

c1947 Muggsy Spanier and his Orchestra 78 album

1949 Bud Powell Piano 10" LP

1949 Bud Powell Piano 10" LP

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings Vol. 2 78 album

1950 Charlie Parker with Strings

1950 Flip Phillips

1950 James P. Johnson - New York Jazz 10" LP

1950 Machito Afro Cuban Jazz - Charlie Parker, Flip Phillips, Buddy Rich, Chico O'Farrill

1950 Norman Granz' Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 3 10" LP

1951 Flip Wails - Flip Phillips and his Orchestra 12" mono LP

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 11 10" LP

1951 Jazz at the Philharmonic Vol. 2 10" LP

1951 Johnny Hodges Collates Vol. 1

1952 Benny Carter "Cosmopolite"

1952 Bird and Diz (Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie studio album) 10" LP

1952 Charlie Parker "South of the Border 10" LP

1952 Josh White "Josh White Sings Vol. 2) 10" LP

1952 Lester Young Trio studio album 10" LP

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 1

1952 Lester Young with The Oscar Peterson Trio No. 2

1952 Oscar Peterson at Carnegie 10" LP

1952 Roy Eldridge Collates 10" LP

1952 Stan Getz Plays

1952 The Oscar Peterson Quartet 10" LP

1953 Art Director & Studio News

1953 Billie Holiday Sings with Oscar Peterson on piano 10" LP

1953 Count Basie Big Band  10" LP