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All that jazz

Michael Stuart, our music man, is eclectic and you can read anything from Rod Stewart to Rigoletto in his column but rarely – if at all – jazz.

This mirrors the general attitude to jazz.

Major jazz figures and bands are still relatively unknown. It has more of a cult following.

This is why I always enjoy seeing R,  an eighty year old jazz drummer, and his wife J, who is our art course tutor.

Both came for dinner last night.

R grew up in Liverpool and recalls the blitz inflicted by the Luftwaffe as a two year old.

He played at the Cavern with the Beatles and went to Hamburg.

After that he was talented enough as a session musician to be sought by visiting American jazz musicians at Ronnie Scott.

I asked him how good a drummer Ginger Baker was.

He had a personality cult about him, though one which not many would want.

R considered him a flashy drummer, less adapt than many jazz drummers.

A keen Liverpool FC fan, he was relieved when I suggested he could watch his team play Sheffield United on the TV.

This enabled his wife and I to discuss Dutch Art, of which she is highly knowledgeable.

in short, a lovely couple married since 1962.

About Alice Mansfield

A graduate of the Slade, Alice has painted and written about art all her life. With her children now having now grown up and departed the nest, she recently took up sculpture. More Posts