Dobell's exhibition opens

The Dobell's exhibition opened in London yesterday, commencing a programme of events remembering the internationally renowned jazz shop

A full programme of events has begun to mark the 're-opening' of Dobell's jazz shop this spring.

Running until 18 May, the celebration of jazz nostalgia includes open decks sessions when you can play your Dobell's records on the Dobell's decks, talks from past faces from the Dobell's scene, and live acoustic sets.

The world-famous Dobell's jazz record shop in central London closed its doors in 1992, but from its opening in 1946 was a popular meeting point for jazzers the world over. Record collectors browsing for their latest LP might bump into the likes of Muddy Waters, BB King, Roy Eldridge, Ben Webster, Red Allen and members of the Ellington band browsing the shop's racks. Other famous regulars in the store included Janis Joplin, David Bowie and Bert Jansch.

On 17 April Brian Peerless, who worked at Dobell's from 1962 to 1992, gives a talk about his unique experiences at the fondly remembered emporium. For Record Store Day on 20 April, fans are invited to play and listen to their Dobell's records on the open decks, with open decks sessions continuing into May. Music photographer David Redfern holds a talk on 15 May looking back at his Dobell's-commissioned photographs from the 1967 Newport Jazz Festival. There will also be live lunchtime acoustic sets throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition is at CHELSEA space (16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU), with free admission and gallery opening times as follows: Tue–Fri: 11:00–17:00, Sat: 10:00–16:00. Visit for full programme details. 

Sally Evans-Darby

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