It was with immense sadness that we learnt of the death of Russ Escritt, a dedicated jazz lover and photographer of the Birmingham scene for many years.
Russ made a huge contribution to the music community by documenting both the international stars passing through Birmingham and the many great local players. Russ was an extremely generous and supportive person who was always willing to share his work with the result that his photos have appeared on many an album cover, press release and leaflet.
Russ was also extremely knowledgeable about jazz and it was always a pleasure to discuss with him gigs that he had been to. He sought out the more adventurous events and was willing to travel long distances to catch a gig that was of interest to him.
Russ was a very special person and we will all miss him very much.
– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Adviser