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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.

Bulls_Head_BarnesThe Bull’s Head

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

Bull's Head LogoThe Bull opened as a jazz venue in 1959 and under the management of Albert Tolley, became an important venue for major UK and visiting international jazz musicians during the 1960’s.

In 1982 Dan Fleming took over the premises and the venue continued to flourish with its jazz rosta. Fleming added blues and rock acts to its listings, a policy which continues to this day.

The venue featured in Martin Scorsese‘s History of the Blues (2003).

The Music room was refurbished with sponsorship from Yamaha in 2006 and was renamed “The Yamaha Room.”

3amBullsIn 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.


Never The Bride’s Bulls Head Acoustic Sessions | Bulls Head, Barnes Barnes, London

Musicians who have appeared at The Bull’s Head

P.P. ArnoldVic AshGuy BarkerJeff Beck, Richard Busiakiewicz, Maggie BellConte CandoliRoger ChapmanAl CohnGeorge ColemanJim CreganJamie CullumDigby Fairweather, Willie Garnett, Herb GellerColeman HawkinsTubby Hayes, Chris Jagger, Mick JaggerSheila JordanPeter KingTony LeeBill Le SageLinda LewisArthur LouisHumphrey Lyttelton, who performed monthly at the Bull’s Head for 42 years, Rik Mayall, Billy MitchellZoot MoneyGary MooreLanny MorganDick MorrisseyNever the Bride, John O’Leary & Alan Glenn Allstars, Gerard PresencerAlan Price, Protect the Beat, Spike RobinsonShorty RogersCharlie RouseRonnie ScottPhil Seamen,Bud ShankTerry SmithHarry SouthStan SulzmannBobby Tench, The Barnes Blues Band, Art ThemenStan TraceyCharlie WattsBen WebsterDon Weller, Harvey Weston, Jimmy WitherspoonRonnie WoodFrank Holder.

Discography – Live Recordings

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