Thursday, 7 April 2016

#plaque366 Benny Green


April 2016 is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!

A London commemorative plaque for every day in 2016. 


The plaques are selected from all walks of life, and all points of the London compass – and I'm taking requests too!

DROP ME A LINE or leave a comment below if you'd like to nominate a plaque for inclusion in the series



Rhythm and Greens…  Commemorating Benny Green in Cleveland Street W1






Today Jazz takes centre stage, with the legendary Benny Green. Something of a polymath, Green was not only a well-regarded saxophonist, but a writer and journalist and radio presenter. His radio show focusing on the classics of the Great American Songbook became something of a cult and fans picketed the BBC when it was dropped from the airwaves. Quite right, too. Due to the outcry, the show was soon reinstated. A great all-round performer, Green spoke wittily at the funeral of fellow jazz legend Ronnie Scott in 1997.


Here's Green performing with Lord Rockingham's XI – the house band for Jack Good's early rock'n'roll TV show Oh Boy – on the daft but infectious novelty hit Hoots Mon. Green is the sax player in the dark shades…




Here's how to find Cleveland Street…








With the launch of The Rolling Stones Walk on the 5th May 2016 and the return of the Rock'n'Roll London Pub walk on Wednesday nights from the 4th May 2016 the London Walks summer programme 2016 will feature no less than FIVE regular musical-themed walking tours.


To mark the occasion, April is Music Month on The Daily Constitutional!


A month of plaques, locations, facts, reviews and more lies ahead. And I'm compiling the Ultimate London Playlist – get in touch with your favourite London song or piece!




A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.









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