Francis Wolff

A record company executive, photographer and record producer. Wolff’s skills, as an executive and a photographer, were important contributions to the success of the Blue Note record label. Wolff took photographs during the recordings sessions, usually shot during session rehearsals. It would be great to hear how he approached his photography.

Pannonica de Koenigswarter

A British-born jazz patron and writer, Pannonica was born into a branch of the wealthiest family in the world at the time as the youngest daughter of Charles Rothschild and his wife, Hungarian baroness Rozsika Edle von Wertheimstein. Pannonica was reportedly named after a species of butterfly her father had discovered by the family’s good friend, Thelonious Monk. Nica, as she became commonly known,  was a leading patron of bebop music and her lifelong passion for jazz ultimately cost her when she was disinherited by her family, the Rothschilds, after separating from her husband, French diplomat Baron Jules de Koenigswarter in 1951.

Screen-Shot-2017-09-03-at-23.56.01.png?resize=1024%2C277Left to Right: John Coltrane / Pannonica de Koenigswarter / Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami

Murakami is a Japanese writer. His books and stories have been bestsellers in Japan as well as internationally, with his work being translated into 50 languages and selling millions of copies outside his native country. Before Murakami began writing, he owned a jazz cafe in Sendagaya, Shibuya District, Tokyo with his wife. My fascination with Japanese jazz culture means Murakami is a no brainer to dine at my dream BBQ.

Ritchie Barton

A local legend, Liverpool-born Barton is one of the original Cunard Yanks, who like myself, is a big jazz head. During his time on the Cunard’s ocean liners, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, he experienced the golden age of jazz in New York. He visited legendary venues such as Birdland, and the Village Vanguard, and started writing reviews of concerts by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Ray Charles and Nina Simone. Eventually, he became American correspondent and columnist for the British magazine, Jazz News.

Ritchie Barton will feature in the upcoming Anti Social Jazz Club ‘Pop Up Jazz Cafe’ at the Buyers Club (Thursday 2nd – Sunday 5th November 2017).

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