Sad news from Bologna. Adriano Baroni, the founder of the Chet Baker Jazz Club, passed away on 26 February. Before he founded the club Adriano, whom I always knew as ‘Baroni’ ran a small osteria, Della Fatica, in via Torleone, dangerously close to the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Center. As a student there back in 1979-80, I spent an awful lot of time in Della Fatica, strumming the guitar, singing and mostly, I suspect, drinking.* Baroni was like an uncle to me and his two sons, Gilberto and Marco, like cousins. It has been ages since I last saw them. In April this year my class will be gathering in Bologna to celebrate their thirtieth (I can scarcely believe it) anniversary, and I was much looking forward to looking up the old haunts and my old friends, like Baroni. Now, sadly, he has gone, but I’ll be sure to look up Marco and Gilberto and share some warm memories with them of a kind man with an extraordinarily generous attitude towards impoverished students. * No, let’s be honest. I don’t suspect; I was!