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Pee Wee Ellis by David Sinclair.
Pee Wee Ellis by David Sinclair.
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For the past 25 years David Sinclair has been one of only two photographers given exclusive access to the prestigious Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London.

The Arts Lodge in Victoria Park, Portsmouth, is hosting an exhibition of David’s photography.

The gallery is open for viewing from 10am to 5am Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 4pm at the weekends (weather permitting) until June 15.

Tonight, the Arts Lodge will also play host to an event dubbed Jazz in the Park, when the Fusebox jazz quartet will be performing from 7pm to 11.30pm. Entry is free and there is a licensed bar.

Through his work at Ronnie’s and most other major jazz venues in London, David has built up an archive of more than 50,000 images of more than 5,500 artists.

He is most well-known for his black-and-white, sometimes grainy style, which many believe best reflects the world of jazz.

David’s photographs can be seen in London on the walls of the 606 Club, the Pizza Express Jazz Club and Ronnie Scott’s.

His images have been published regularly in the UK and abroad, including by Le Jazz Hot in France which chose him as patron for their 80th anniversary.

Many of David’s images reflect close relationships developed with the artists he has photographed on and off stage, as well as with those who host and produce their music.

This retrospective exhibition shows some of David’s favourite musicians to photograph, including Ronnie Scott himself, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Masakela and Abdullah Ibrahim.