The Anti Social Jazz Club (ASJC) is a jazz-focused collective based in Liverpool. Their mission? To champion jazz legends of the past, all while highlighting the very best from today’s global jazz scene. In celebration of two brilliant summer BBQ sessions with the ASJC, we have invited head-honcho, Lee Fleming to select the colourful characters he’d invite to his dream jazz BBQ.
Here’s to many more wonderful jazz sessions down at Constellations!
A personal favourite of mine, Thelonious Monk was an American jazz pianist and composer with a unique improvisational style. Monk made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire which included ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Blue Monk’, ‘Straight, No Chaser’ and ‘In Walked Bud’. Monk is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington. He also had a strong hat game; my first question to him would be where he got that fuzzy number from?
Rudy Van Gelder
A well-known figure who was recognised as jazz music’s most important recording engineer by some. Van Gelder recorded several thousand jazz sessions over his prolific career in the music industry, including many recognised as classics, in a career which spanned more than half a century. Van Gelder recorded many great names in the genre of jazz including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard and Horace Silver. His time spent in the recording studio would most definitely have produced many stories about the musicians he recorded, great dinner table talk.
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.
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.
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).
To Find out more about Anti Social Jazz Club, visit their website: www.antisocialjazzclub.com