Dobell's to 're-open'
Dobell's jazz record shop, stopping point for Muddy Waters, BB King, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Red Allen and others, is to be recreated in an exhibition at Chelsea College of Art & Design this spring
Photo: Dobell's original shop in Charing Cross Road
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I do hope they have got Les Fancourt on-board for this. It will make it more authentic.
Received Jazz Journal for many years when younger and enjoyed every page, especially the articles about visiting American bands and artistes at American Airforce bases long before the Musicians Union allowed them to play to we general public. When they did the first one I saw was the Stan Kenton band on tour - loud and fantastic to my young ears, later Gerry Mulligan at the Festival Hall and had a seat on the stage. He was so close I could have reached out and put a finger on his Baritone Sax - didn't though as I wanted to stay for the entire concert! Glad Dobell's Record Shop is to be featured. While doing National Service and then at college in London from 1956 - 60, I spent many happy hours there. While not meeting such luminaries as B.B.King, I did meet up with Benny Hill and the recently late lamented Acker Bilk. Happy Days.