Sinclair Jazz: 25 Years on the Inside
By David + Malcolm Sinclair
How do you promote jazz photography? How do you showcase tens of thousands of images taken in dark, previously smoky, clubs and concert venues across London and the South East? How do you bring the unique world of jazz to life outside of these clubs?
After David Sinclair had spent 25 years of countless afternoons and evenings capturing images of thousands of jazz and other musicians, we decided in late 2014 that we would like to start to share his work more widely, online, in print, and in public at jazz festivals, arts centres and galleries.
David’s work, as he describes on this new website, commenced with a photograph of the American Dixieland trumpeter Wild Bill Davison in an Arts Centre in Surrey. This quickly led to the Bulls Head in Barnes and then to Ronnie Scotts where he has taken tens of thousands of photographs of international and homegrown jazz greats.
The jazz world comes alive at night. It has always been built around live music, from Bix Beiderbecke to Wynton Marsalis. Bix was a bit before our time, but Wynton on the other hand, well we have a lot of Wynton playing over the years, and even an inside shot, shown here, of his opening of the new Ronnie Scotts in 2006. David’s black and white signature style reflects much of this world for those who were not there at the time, such as the Kenny Wheeler Quartet above at the 606 Club in 2008.
The website will start to share these black & white and colour photographs with a good enough resolution for people to get a feel for how good they look when printed at a decent size. Initially we will place about 300 photographs on the site, then add more each week, mostly linked to short blog pieces.
Many of David’s best known photographs can also been seen on the walls of clubs in London, such as Ronnies, the 606 and Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho.
Go to the Galleries section of this site to see many of these artists in full flow, doing what they do best. We have thousands more and will soon list in the Archive all those artists – in the meantime contact us for anyone you cannot see on here. If they have played in the last 25 years we probably have them.
The main aim of this site, and of Sinclair Jazz, is to share David’s work worldwide. But he has also always sold his photographs for many years. Any picture you see on this site can be clicked on to purchase. We will be developing different merchandise options later in 2015.
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