In my recent blog on John’s death, I expressed doubts as to whether this sad occurrence would be acknowledged in the media. I was pleased to see, however, that John received a well-deserved obituary in The Guardian, by the great John Fordham. Furthermore, there was an valediction written by Mike Westbrook which appeared on the Vortex Jazz Club website, which was also a well-deserved encomium.
So I was wrong. Enough people came forward to give tribute to John’s contribution to British jazz.
But I remember, just a few months before, looking up John Jack on Google, and finding absolutely doodly-squat,
Does it always have to involve a death, before a person’s profound contributions become acknowledged?