Steve Nimmons
Academic and Author researching policing in smart cities

Solly Lipsitz dies aged 92

Solly Lipsitz, a prominent member of Northern Ireland’s Jewish community died on Saturday. Lipsitz, lovingly known as ‘Northern Ireland’s Mr. Jazz’ enjoyed a distinguished and influential career in the local music scene.

He was a former music critic with the Belfast Telegraph, owned the famous Atlantic Record shop specialising in Jazz imports and the Jazz Club on the Embankment in Belfast.

In a number of interviews Van Morrison described the influence Lipsitz and the music he brought to Belfast had on his development. Lipsitz is credited in the liner notes of a number of Morrisson’s own works (Magic Time, Born to Sing: No Plan B).

He was an Honorary Member of the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and is credited for discovering a number of important local talents.

A highly cultured Jazz and arts aficionado he brought much needed sophistication to a Belfast and Northern Ireland during some of its most calamitous times.

About the Author
Steve Nimmons is an academic, writer and technologist specialising in criminology, security and policing. His research includes smart cities, digital policing models and public protection through design of smart urban environments.