What determines the distances from the central player to the surrounding players?

Players who are closer to the Map's center have a stronger collaborative link to the central player. Distances vary depending on where you are in the timeline (because personal networks change over time).

What counts as a collaboration?

The Map focuses primarily on studio recordings. There are also many jam sessions, concerts, and radio broadcasts.

Why don't you show album names and song titles?

The Map highlights interpersonal connections. It does not display much of the information found in print and online discographies, such as song titles, labels, and matrix numbers.

Some sessions are missing! Where are they?

We are continuously adding sessions to the database. The current count is at about 14,000.

Will you add more features?

Yes. The Map will soon feature a Filters screen that allows users to display customized networks -- say, drummers born in Philadelphia, or sessions that took place in Copenhagen. Another upcoming feature will enable the grouping of two or more players into the Map's center node.

Who is your target audience?

We are designing this for researchers, students, professional musicians, fans, and anyone else who's interested in jazz history and human networks.

How do I get involved and/or send feedback?

Get in touch! Please write to: jazz@mapofjazz.com.