These musicians were among the most celebrated jazz performers of the 1950s, including famous club owner and bandleader Ronnie Scott. The musicians are carefully and purposefully arranged on a sign writers frame, but the silly faces and varied gazes of the men suggests a very informal shoot.
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 musicians: Jimmie Deuchar, Ken Wray, Ronnie Scott, Tony Crombie, Lennie Bush, Pete King, Derek Humble and Benny Green
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.