She excels each mortal thing
Upon the dull earth dwelling:
To her let us garlands bring.
(Who is Sylvia? - Two Gentleman of Verona Act V)
This Sylvia is Sylvia Rushbrooke, whose unique gypsy jazz venue the Quecumbar in Battersea High Street celebrates its eighth birthday this week. The birthday celebrations tonight feature Gary Potter with Lollo Meier (above). Please, readers, celebrate a great contribution to the London scene, and pass on a word of congratulation in the comments below.