Capitol Records Jazz Mural restored!

January 30, 2013


Designed and painted by artist Richard Wyatt, the Capitol Records Building’s Jazz Mural has been an aesthetic icon in Hollywood since 1990. Recently Capitol Records and Wyatt joined forces to remake the aging mural, located on the south wall of the building, in mosaic form.


The project was originally funded by the Los Angeles Endowment for the Arts and sponsored by the Los Angeles Jazz Society. The Jazz Society hired Wyatt to design it, based on their idea for a mural depicting jazz greats and the Hollywood venues they called home.


Within the mural (official name: “Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972”), Wyatt depicts jazz legends Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Tito Puente, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Shelly Manne, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, and of course Nat ‘King’ Cole. The wall is also inscribed with the names of other jazz greats, like John Coltrane, which you can make out from close up.


The mural had begun to fall into disrepair as its paint faded and chipped in recent years, so we are thrilled that the fine folks at Capitol Records have stepped in to update it. Now featuring thousands of colorful tiles, the renovation will ensure the mural’s durability as a Hollywood landmark for many years to come.


The Millennium Hollywood Project promises some exciting developments for the jazz mural, as well, which you can check out in the video below: