From jazz pioneers to township jive exiles

Cover of book with black musicians.

Sounds Like London, 100 Years of Black Music in the Capital. By Lloyd Bradley (Serpent's Tail, £12.99). The first black band to make its mark in the UK played in Great Portland Street almost 100 years ago. And the area's clubs and record shops which had an enormous influence in developing Black Music in the …

Set the controls to the heart of Store Street

By Pete Whyatt For musicians over many years Chas E Foote’s music store was a land mark in Golden Square. Charles Ernest Foote started the shop in Hornsey Road in 1920. In the 1930s it relocated to Soho and was bought by the Della-Porta family — the founders of Premier Percussion — where it sold …

Wobble and Sharpe dub Fitzrovia with the ghosts of seventies jazz funk

By News Reporters A new jazz album has a CD cover featuring many of Fitzrovia's distinctive buildings and takes its name from the neighbourhood. Entitled Kingdom of Fitzrovia it's a collaboration between Jah Wobble and Bill Sharpe, and pays tribute to the area's mix of architectural styles and its artistic past and present. It was recorded at the Music …

Coming up: meetings, music, film, art, consultations, advice and activities

Westminster City Council are presenting plans for a new Marylebone Library at Marylebone Library from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 March 2013. It will be a chance for you to meet the architects and council officers working on the scheme, see the latest designs and ask questions you may have. Website. Fitzrovia Trust Annual General Meeting: 12.30pm Tuesday …

A quartet of musical instrument shops are still popular destinations

By Peter Whyatt J P Guiver & Co in Mortimer  Street claim to be the oldest violin dealer in England and is one of four specialist music shops still surviving in Fitzrovia. Guiver's specialise in violins, violas, cellos and bows. They have a world renowned selection of conductor’s batons, and sell strings, cases and accessories. …

Richard Durrant celebrates the music of Paraguayan composer Agustin Barrios

By Angela Lovely The music of Paraguayan composer Agustin Pio Barrios will be celebrated at Fitzrovia's Bolivar Hall in November with a solo guitar recital by Richard Durrant. The show is to draw attention to the plight of and raise funds for the street children of Asuncion in Paraguay. Richard Durrant is a leading interpreter …