Barack Obama’s Jazz by Artist JC Pagán

Nothing excites and inspires us more at Skoolwerk Apparel than Blue Note recordings and Blue Note album covers.  Now add the 1st African American President of The United States to that mix and what you have is Barack Obama’s Jazz, a collection of Blue Note inspired album covers recreated by artist JC Pagán.   Pagán’s graphic inspiration comes from the original Blue Note albums originally created by Blue Note graphic designer Reid Miles. Barack Obama’s Jazz celebrates the President’s love for jazz as well as his undeniable “cool factor.”   Artist JC Pagán’s love and passion for jazz and Blue Note album art  shines through in his recreations.  His series is wonderful and is truly steeped in the spirit of Blue Note Records past and present.


INDESTRUCTIBLE by Barack Obama and The Jazz Messengers inspired by drummer Art Blakey’s Blue Note album cover Indestructible recorded in 1964.

The Prisoner

“THE PRESIDENT” inspired by pianist Herbie Hancock’s Blue Note album cover The Prisoner recorded in 1969.

The Incredible Barack Obama

“BACK AT THE WHITE HOUSE” inspired by Jimmy Smith’s Blue Note album cover Back at The Chicken Shack  recorded in 1960 and released in 1963.


“NO ROOM FOR SQUARES” inspired by saxophonist Hank Mobley’s Blue Note album cover No Room For Squares  recorded in 1963.

Forward Radio

“FORWARD RADIO” inspired by pianist Robert Glasper’s Blue Note album cover Black Radio recorded in 2012.


“THE REAL MCCOY” inspired by pianist McCoy Tyner’s Blue Note album cover The Real McCoy  released in 1967.

To view the entire Barack Obama’s Jazz Series you can visit Barack Obama’s Jazz on Facebook.

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