Jazzing Up Your Image

business cartoon

Before I was a cartoonist, heck, before I’d even had a real job, I was a musician. A trombonist to be exact. And, to be even more exact, a jazz trombonist.

I discovered jazz early on and pretty much lived and breathed it as a kid. I have a music degree in trombone and even played professionally for a few years, but found it was too hard to make a living at, and even harder to find time and energy to practice as a newlywed in a one-room apartment while working a 40-hour week. So I hung it up and decided to try my hand at something I’d dabbled in, again, since I was a kid: cartooning.

Years later I hear about a company “jazzing up its image” and immediately imagined employees as Dizzy Gillespie circa the 1940s. Odd? Sure. Obscure? OK. But immensely fun for me personally.


Mark Anderson Mark Anderson's cartoons appear in publications including Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. His business cartoons are available for licensing at his website, Andertoons.com.

3 Reactions
  1. Mark – love this cartoon. As a musician first (based on timelines of course), and business guy I found it to be hilarious.

  2. Do you like big band jazz music? I wrote a tweet about Soundtracking to you. I think that could be a perfect combo with your cartoons.

  3. I immediately thought of Dizzy and how his cheeks would expand! I love his music. I didn’t start appreciating jazz until I was in my 40’s – pretty sad actually. Better late than never 🙂

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