There has always been more than just a hint of style in jazz. From Louis Armstrong’s white socks to Miles Davis’ silk suits, the players have made conscious sartorial statements on the bandstand. For a winter fashion spread, the sharpies at GQ assembled 10 living jazz masters who demonstrate the essence of personal style. The all-star band that could be created from the likes of Pharoah Sanders (above), Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Roy Ayers and Roy Haynes – along with the other five masters – stretches the mind. In addition to the clothes, the article gets into each artist’s essential sound. Young lions, pay attention, because this is how it’s done.
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