Sunday afternoon in the south west of England. Do I walk the dog, finish preparations for our Bristol exhibition, or launch this website?
Well, the website has to go ahead, so that is answer number one. Thanks to some hard graft from a number of friends since December, and some invaluable advice from others, the site is ready to showcase David Sinclair’s photographs in a far better way than they ever have been seen before online. Ecommerce may have to wait, but this site is about jazz first, photography second, and sales third. If we ever lose sight of that priority then we have failed in our aim to reflect the quality of my father’s work and the richness of the friendships that he has built with so many of the artists he has photographed.
So please look around the site. Send us any feedback on changes or improvements. Enjoy the range of pictures, the breadth of artists, and the depth of David’s inimitable black and white jazz style. As you will see from text on every page, we would rather they are not copied without permission – they are one man’s sole work over a quarter of a century. But you can also buy them of course.
So many musicians, clubs, producers and record companies have been in touch recently to offer encouragement and support to what we are doing with Sinclair Jazz. Some of these are listed on our Links page. One of them who has been particularly involved is Andy Sheppard who can be seen in silhouette in the picture with this blog. That picture has been our main advertisement for the first formal showing of David Sinclair’s work outside of the south east of England: in Bristol in the fortnight leading up to the International Jazz and Blues Festival there.
Andy, who lives locally when not travelling to play his sax elsewhere, is a patron of the Festival. He is also, in his typically generous way, delivering a short solo performance soon after 6pm on Wednesday 25th February at the Colston Hall in Bristol to mark the opening of the exhibition. Do come along if you are local and would like to attend.
There are over 40 pictures at the exhibition. This morning I was at our local photography agency, Lacock Photography, looking at the Freddie Hubbard one. It has a typical David Sinclair style: grainy, black and white, timeless. I am tempted to pinch the framed version out of the exhibition and hang it at home! Have a look for yourself.
So that’s it for a rainy day in England. New website, new exhibition. This evening, David will be at home in Surrey listening to Clare Teal on Radio 2. Clare gave the exhibition a good plug last week, but as importantly for David she plays the kind of big band swing that he loves so much. Meanwhile, in Wiltshire, there is a Basset Hound that needs a walk – get in touch if you fancy it. I am staying in the warm for now, with a dash of Mike Hobart’s Urban Jazz Collective, after his great tweet about my dad’s photography the other day.