Friday, 15 April 2016

#plaque366 Ken Colyer

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

Commemorating: Legendary British jazzman Ken Colyer in Great Newport Street WC2

(NB: At time of blogging April 2016, the plaque is currently obscured by scaffolding)

A diehard devotee of New Orleans jazz, trumpeter Ken Colyer was brought up in Soho. His unwavering devotion to trad jazz has often blinded critics to the crucial role he played in the development of 20th Century music in England – working with such figures as Lonnie Donegan (leading light of the skiffle scene that inspired The Beatles) and Alexis Corner (bluesman who begat the Rolling Stones). A Soho legend, Colyer’s plaque is at the site of his famous club Studio 51. Ken Colyer died in 1988 at the age of 59.

Find Great Newport Street here…

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

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