This year is the 80th anniversary of Le Jazz Hot, France’s premier jazz journal and a symbol of the music’s history in Paris and across the country. Now online and free at Jazz Hot – la revue internationale du jazz depuis 1935 Jazz Hot asked David Sinclair and the French poet Serge Baudot to be their patrons for this year’s anniversary.
SinclairJazz had a small exhibition of photographs over the last quarter of century at the magazine’s packed birthday party, held at Le Fond’action Boris Vian in Montmartre at the end of March. That event also featured an exhibition of jazz drawings and writing by Charles Delaunay (1911-88), and commemorative speeches by Yves Sportis of Jazz Hot and Malcolm Sinclair on behalf of David, with poetry from Serge Baudot. Much was said of the history of Jazz Hot, as well as more reflective references to colleagues from Charlie Hebdo.
Jazz Hot’s own video of the event captures its very Parisian feel, with an inimitable Django Reinhardt soundtrack.
As so often is the case with David’s photographs, it was his signature black and white pictures that drew the greatest attention, and comparison to Delaunay’s portraits. These included Wynton Marsalis, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones and the Kenny Wheeler Quintet.
Around the walls at Le Fond’action Boris Vian were numerous magazine covers covering the last 80 years. Those from more recent times all had photographs to the fore, many of which have been David’s.
As befits Parisian nightlife, the music went on late into the night.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, SinclairJazz is also just finishing an exhibition at Portsmouth foremost community arts centre, The Arts Lodge in Victoria Park.
Framed photographs and canvasses have been on show, of artists ranging from old 35mm photographs including Carla Bley, Al Casey, and Ronnie Scott in the 1990s to some of David’s most iconic images of the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stan Tracey, McCoy Tyner and Charlie Watts. The Arts Lodge has a very different feel from Le Fond’action Boris Vian, but suits jazz photography just as much.