For those that don't know, I was a total jazzhead throughout high school, college and when I first moved to NYC. I am forever indebted to my father, Stan Levy, who, himself is a tenor saxophonist, was constantly playing jazz records growing up. I compiled some of the greatest tenor saxophonists born in the United States through a map.
I took into consideration birthplace/dates and you are able to see the distribution here. A fun discovery of this process was discovering the great "Texas Tenor" tradition (NPR article). This print map certainly warrants an interactive piece so that may be around the corner!
For the design style, I borrowed from the venerable jazz labels of the past with their own particular sophisticated design aesthetic, namely Prestige Records, Blue Note, Savoy and Impulse.