A Jazz Great I Met: Clifford Jarvis
It was an autumn evening in 1996 when I visited the up and coming French jazz bassist, Collard Romain at his flat in Camberwell, London. Collard shared the flat with an up and coming pianist, Javier. Theirs was a house of jazz music. I had met Collard and saxophonist Christian Brewer a few months earlier at one of the evening jazz duo sessions at Café Boheme in Soho. We became friends.
It had rained hard just before I set out to meet Collard one evening and cold. When I knocked on his door, a black guy in jeans pants and a jeans shirt opened the door. He asked me who I was looking for in an American accent. A quick and apt description of the guy was that he looked like the father or older brother of rap artist Snoop Doggy Dogg. On entering the flat Collard warmly welcomed me as usual and then with much enthusiasm introduced Clifford Jarvis to me. I was amazed.