Jazz, The Blues and The Bear

An exhibition of rarely seen Jazz and Blues photography from the 1960s by Jim Simpson, taken in Birmingham.

The musicians, from New York, Chicago, Mississippi, New Orleans, Kansas City and London have one thing in common. They were all on international tours and were photographed in Birmingham.

Among the subjects are Tommy Tucker, who had a huge hit with Hi Heeled Sneakers, touring coast to coast co-headlining with Ray Charles. Buddy Guy, photographed as a shy but smartly dressed 27 year old in the College of Advanced Technology, now Aston University, is now the grand old man of Chicago Blues.

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All photos copyright Jim Simpson