The Esquire Covers Club website launched today
This specially built digital exhibition hall offers a chance to revisit jazz history - a virtual space, revealing a remarkable collection of contrasting record sleeves from American and British releases of jazz classics and then hear the stories behind them, including an exclusive interview with legendary illustrator Ralph Steadman, who cut his teeth doing illustrations for Esquire Records. His new book, A Life in Ink, was published in November 2020.
The exhibition also includes interviews and features on other people who worked with Esquire Records, such as photographer and writer Val Wilmer and journalist Ron Atkins. All the interviews on the site were done by John Fordham, with his classic mix of deep knowledge and warm humour.
This is a new way for the Festival to present itself, setting visual art in an exciting digital context. The exhibition will run until January 2021, and is made possible with special support from our title sponsors EFG.
Esquire Covers Club talk: Saturday 14 November, 2pm
The Esquire Covers Club collection has been carefully created and curated over many years by Stefano Wagner. He will be in conversation with Jez Nelson, talking about these albums, their distinctive and differing artwork and his interest in their place in jazz history.
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