EFG London Jazz Festival (https://efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk/) created a great digital exhibition space! This space, called Esquire Cover Club (https://esquirecover.club/), focuses on the special relationship between Esquire Records’ rich history and arts, jazz and people that went on in the background. You can enjoy artworks and designs that take the audiences in the UK and USA to the developing jazz stages of the 50s and 60s. You can also listen to the stories of the artists and collectors who followed this jazz journey passionately.
Val Wilmer’s beautiful photos capture the soul of jazz, musicians’ lives and their souls during the period he spent as the photographer of Esquire Records between 1950-1960. The interview given by the world-famous jazz critic John Fordham about his memories of the jazz stage and his contribution to it through his work with Esquire is shared in the “Photo Room”.
You can see the differences between the covers of some jazz albums released in the UK and USA in the 50s and 60s in “Photo Room”, “Art Room”, “Production Room” and especially in “Gallery Room”.
The exhibition consists of 9 parts:
1. The Photo Room, Val Wilmer (https://esquirecover.club/the-photo-room)
2. The Art Room, Ralph Steadman (https://esquirecover.club/the-art-room)
3. The Production Room, Ron Atkins (https://esquirecover.club/the-production-room)
4. The Gallery Room (https://esquirecover.club/the-gallery-room)
5. The Writers Room, John Fordham (https://esquirecover.club/the-writers-room)
6. The Collectors Room, Stefano Wagner (https://esquirecover.club/the-collectors-room)
7. The Music Room (https://esquirecover.club/the-music-room)
8. The Press Room (https://esquirecover.club/the-press-room)
9. The Conversation Room (https://esquirecover.club/the-conversation-room)