The excellent Simon Spillett – jazz saxophonist, incredibly prolific and compelling writer of substantial CD booklets, generally around British jazz of the 1950s-70s, and author of the superb Tubby Hayes biography ‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant’ – has just launched a blog.
Over the past few months, since joining Facebook, he has used it largely as a blog, posting wonderful essays about aspects of jazz history and its people. For various reasons, he has come to more fully embrace writing and ‘being a writer’ recently. In my view, that’s great news – because he’s one of the best, and the latest in a distinguished history of British jazz musicians being equally adept as essayists and long-form writers. Humphrey Lyttelton, George Melly and Dave Gelly are three others that come immediately to mind – though George was, I think, a significantly better writer than musician, per se 🙂
I hope Simon will transfer some of his long-form Facebook essays (some presented there in two or three instalments) on to the new available-to-all blog. Certainly, he will be posting new material there regularly. I take my hat off to him!