Bullís Head revamped for February




Jazz will keep its long-held spot at the newly refurbished Bull’s Head in Barnes, with a packed roster of performers confirmed for February

Following some controversy last year when long-time jazz venue The Bull at Barnes, south-west London changed hands to Geronimo Inns, the popular pub has now reopened with a new music room and an already impressive list of daily performers for February.

Some uncertainty initially surrounded the new owners’ plans for the future of jazz at the pub, with a petition to “save the Bull’s Head Music Room” drawing over 4,000 signatures. However, managing director Ed Turner says: “We have fully respected the history of the pub, and have created a venue fit for the next generation of jazz and pub lovers.” With their list of performers in the next month including Art Themen and Derek Nash (the latter pictured below and subject of a profile in February JJ), it appears the Bull’s long jazz tradition will continue.

The pub has been entirely redesigned and now has a new self-contained jazz room with its own bar. Dan Fleming, who took over the premises in 1982, has helped put together the music programme for the coming months.

Acts performing at the Bull in January include Scott Hamilton (18 January) and Georgia Mancio (23 January), as well as a special Stan Tracey Memorial Show on 25 January when the late Tracey had been billed to appear.

Full listings for February are as follows: Mississippi Swamp Dogs (1st), TJ Johnson Trio (2nd), Rumpus with Mike Berry and Jay Stapley (3rd), Stealing Dan and Don (4th), Henry Lowther’s (pictured above) Still Waters (5th), The Jammers (6th), The Barcodes (7th), David Vaughan (8th), Cardinal Vaughan Big Band (9th), Jackie McAuley’s Regular Gas Band (10th), Frank Mead/Gordon Mark Webber Quintet (11th), Nette Robinson Band (12th), Alan Price (13th), The Groove Warriors (14th), Woolfnotes (15th), Trio Manouche (16th), Steve Summers Band (17th), The Humphrey Lyttelton Band (18th), Ben Cox Band (19th), Lydia Garrow (20th), Art Themen (21st), The Peter King Quartet (22nd), Packham’s One Jump Ahead (23rd), Back To The Flamingo Club (24th), Derek Nash (25th), Gary Willcox Quartet (26th), and Zoot Money (27th).

Music generally starts at 8.30pm and advance tickets can be bought through the Bull’s Head website. You can also find a full programme of listings through to December here.

Sally Evans-Darby
Photos by Brian O’Connor


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