The Bull’s Head, Barnes
The Jammers: Jamming at the Bulls Head, Barnes (part 2)
Kenji taking the lead with the Jammers at the Bulls Head, Barnes.
The Bull’s Head in Barnes, is a South West London pub also known as “The Bull”. It is best known for live music in the attached music room with a capacity for 100 people which has hosted performances by established and up-and-coming musicians.
Overlooking the river Thames in the South West London suburb of Barnes, it was one of the first and most important jazz venues in Britain. The Bull was opened at the same time as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and became known as the “suburban Ronnie Scott’s.”
In 2009, The Bull’s Head was named by the Brecon Jazz Festival as one of twelve venues which had made the most important contributions to jazz music in the United Kingdom.
History – 1959–2012
The Music room was refurbished with sponsorship from Yamaha in 2006 and was renamed “The Yamaha Room.”
In 2009 the Bull celebrated fifty years as a venue and a spokesman from Yamaha music stated: “We are delighted to congratulate the Bull’s Head on reaching the milestone of its 50th anniversary. We are very proud of the Yamaha Jazz Room and our partnership with this historic venue, the unique place it occupies in international jazz history and its philosophy to present and showcase both established and new talent.”
2013 Change of Ownership and Controversy
On 1 July 2013 Fleming retired and the Bull’s Head lease was sold to Geronimo Inns, a wholly owned subsidiary of Young & Co. Although the new lease agreement was said to protect the continuation of live music a petition to preserve the Music room was launched in June 2013. The refurbished pub and Music room were opened at the beginning of 2014.
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Musicians who have appeared at The Bull’s Head
P.P. Arnold, Vic Ash, Guy Barker, Jeff Beck, Richard Busiakiewicz, Maggie Bell, Conte Candoli, Roger Chapman, Al Cohn, George Coleman, Jim Cregan, Jamie Cullum, Digby Fairweather, Willie Garnett, Herb Geller, Coleman Hawkins, Tubby Hayes, Chris Jagger, Mick Jagger, Sheila Jordan, Peter King, Tony Lee, Bill Le Sage, Linda Lewis, Arthur Louis, Humphrey Lyttelton, who performed monthly at the Bull’s Head for 42 years, Rik Mayall, Billy Mitchell, Zoot Money, Gary Moore, Lanny Morgan, Dick Morrissey, Never the Bride, John O’Leary & Alan Glenn Allstars, Gerard Presencer, Alan Price, Protect the Beat, Spike Robinson, Shorty Rogers, Charlie Rouse, Ronnie Scott, Phil Seamen,Bud Shank, Terry Smith, Harry South, Stan Sulzmann, Bobby Tench, The Barnes Blues Band, Art Themen, Stan Tracey, Charlie Watts, Ben Webster, Don Weller, Harvey Weston, Jimmy Witherspoon, Ronnie Wood, Frank Holder.
Discography – Live Recordings
- Storm Warning! (Mercury) – The Dick Morrissey Quartet (Harry South, Phil Bates, Phil Seamen, Dick Morrissey). Bulls Head Music. 1966
- Spoon Sings and Swings Jimmy Witherspoon. Bulls Head Music. 1966
- Now!…Live! (Verve S/VLP9220) – Phil Seamen Trio (Phil Seaman, Tony Lee, Tony Archer). Bulls Head Music. 1968
- Live at the Bull – Tribute Vols. 1–2. Featuring Dick Morrissey, Spike Robinson, Bill Le Sage, Alec Dankworth, Bill Eyden (recorded 1987/8). Bulls Head Music. 2007