Derek Humble and Pete King were two of the leading saxophonists of their generation. Humble worked frequently with Ronnie Scott until 1957 when he left the UK for Cologne; Pete King remained with Scott as manager of Scott’s jazz club in Frith Street, Soho, a post he kept for almost 50 years.
This print is taken from Henderson’s original negative, reproduced here for the first time in print format. In keeping with vintage photography, it features minor imperfections such as scratches and blemishes, and a small additional credit line on the image.
Jazz musicans including Derek Humble and Pete King
Date of work
Nigel Henderson (1917 – 1985) was a British photographer and artist. In his early career he worked in avant-garde collages and paintings, exhibiting at the Guggenheim Jeun alongside Pablo Picasso. After serving as a pilot during the Second World War, he studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, where he formed a life-long friendship with Eduardo Paolozzi. Henderson took these photographs of the East End whilst recovering from the trauma of the war, and they capture a vibrant portrait of 1950s East London and its post-war community.