• J. Malls

    Here goes an illustration from the back of Floyd Cramer's 1960 album, Hello Blues (RCA Victor, LSP-215). This image is pinned from a blogger who's a fan of Mozelle Thompson's work. He blogged about him sporadically between 2005 and 2010. If you read the posts, Thompson's signature is first interpreted as "Myelle", then "Mezelle", "Mayelle", "Mazelle" and then the guy finally gets it right circa 2007 ... Mozelle!

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Full page review of the Mozelle Thompson show at Most Wanted Fine Art in this week's New Pittsburgh Courier!

The Album Art of Mozelle Thompson; LP Illustrations 1953-1969 Friday, Nov. 7th - Sunday, Nov. 30th Most Wanted Fine Art (Pittsburgh) RSVP: www.facebook.com/...

Today I came across the December 1968 issue of Boys' Life Magazine. It includes a three page story by Elizabeth Borton De Trevino with illustrations by Mozelle Thompson. It's not what I was actually searching for, but I'm not mad at it. The bold black brush strokes are definitely reminiscent of the Ives album, which I think stands out from a lot of the other album covers and was nominated for the 1967 Grammy.

1969 musical feat. Muhammad Ali as Buck. Illustration by Mozelle Thompson. Description reads 'A militant black lecturer addresses a meeting organized by a black political group in this musical adaptation of Joseph Dolan Tuotti's play Big Time Buck White.' Unfortunately there is no record album to accompany the production. I WISH!

In 1967 Mozelle Thompson & Georges Estes were nominated for a Grammy in the Graphic Arts category for Ives: Symphony No. 1 in D Minor performed by Morton Gould conducting the Chicago Symphony. The award that year went to Klaus Voormann for The Beatles' Revolver LP.

So far this is the only picture I've seen of Mozelle Thompson as an adult. It's from the Tuesday Magazine supplement of the February 4th, 1969 issue of the Milwaukee Journal. It was a special issue titled The World of Black Culture. It included a Mozelle Thompson portrait of County Cullen. Unfortunately the portrait itself didn't transfer to microfilm very well.

Ella Fitzgerald's 1968 live LP on Verve Records (illustration by Mozelle Thompson). This is actually a Brazillian import. The weekend of Friday, June 20th to Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 I will put together a small selection of Mozelle Thompson's Jazz album cover illustrations. They'll be on display in the TrustVinyl pop-up record store as a part of the Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.

Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges. One of the four Gerry Mulligan albums on Verve reissued in the 1960's with Mozelle Thompson artwork. One of the Jazz album covers illustrated by Mozelle Thompson that I'll have on display next month during the Pittsburgh JazzLive Festival.

Here goes an illustration from the back of Floyd Cramer's 1960 album, Hello Blues (RCA Victor, LSP-215). This image is pinned from a blogger who's a fan of Mozelle Thompson's work. He blogged about him sporadically between 2005 and 2010. If you read the posts, Thompson's signature is first interpreted as "Myelle", then "Mezelle", "Mayelle", "Mazelle" and then the guy finally gets it right circa 2007 ... Mozelle!

First edition of Shaft by Ernest Tidyman with dust cover illustration by Mozelle Thompson (1970).

1945 photograph of Mozelle Thompson, as a senior at Peabody High School, holding his Scholastic Award-winning watercolor at Carnegie Museum of Art.

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