A Novel Hero Passionate About Jazz

The fictional police officer Harry Bosch is the hero of numerous novels by the American thriller writer Michael Connelly. The author himself fell for jazz and passed his passion to the character. As a result, the style of music plays a significant role in all of Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels. In a sense, it functions as the ideal background for the dark stories, which have been expressed in the TV series for the books. In the Amazon Prime show, Bosch viewers get a good impression of the musical taste of the author and his hero.

Jazz
Jazz

In Connelly’s central work Echo Park from 2006, a jazz album has a special part. The album is Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall, New York City from 1957. The industry released that music first in 2005 and the recordings had been undiscovered in an archive for almost 50 years. Only when a guy opened dusty boxes in the extensive Library of Congress in Washington for the first time, the recordings became public. It is the only publicly documented live collaboration between Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane. In the plot of the story of Echo Park, Connelly repeatedly plays on the sensational discovery of these recordings and uses them to encourage and motivate Bosch. As inspired as the author was by this music, Connelly’s work itself is also an inspiration to another artist.

Fictional Record Cover

The American cartoonist Russell Walks is a big fan of the books and the series, and so, he has come up with something special. Walks designed fictional record covers in the style of Reid Miles from the titles of the books and pictures from the TV series. Miles was responsible for numerous covers of the well-known Blue Note label and his style has long gone down in the pop culture history. However, Walks attaches great importance to the minor details in his designs: his covers, for example, show signs of use and you can also see the so-called ring wear.

Passion for jazz
Passion for jazz

Playlists and Websites Provide an Insight

Michael Connelly also indulges in his passion for jazz intensively. Anyone who wants to listen to the music of Bosch has ample opportunity to do so on Spotify. Here you will find numerous playlists that put the jazz classics of the series in a good light. Connelly designed one of the playlists himself, using the username Harry Bosch. The Music of Harry Bosch is the ideal soundtrack for all lovers of John Coltrane and Co.

Years ago, Connelly even released an exclusive CD with music from his books. He passed this on to his fans during a book tour through the USA. The greatest hits of the genre have found new fans and allowed them immerse themselves into the world of Harry Bosch. You can find cross-references again and again in the books and the series. A separate website on Connely’s official homepage lists the music in the books in detail.