Live Music: Mick Foster performs at The Jazz Centre UK

Saturday 24th November, 2pm – 4pm Spike’s Place, THe jazz Centre UK, Southend-on-Sea, Essex Mick Foster is renowned for his baritone saxophone playing and as an educator for the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Goldsmith’s College and the National Youth Jazz…

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Presentation: Mike Pointon ‘Jazz on Screen’

Writer, broadcaster and musician Mike Pointon presents a retrospective of jazz in the movies and on television over fifty years, with many rare extracts of legendary jazzmen in performance from New Orleans to the swing era. Among the great musicians featured are Eubie Blake, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke,…

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Movie: Legendary New Orleans Musicians

Centred on the life of 90 year old veteran bass player, Chester Zardis, this documentary throws a light on the early years of New Orleans jazz. Zardis is shown playing in a variety of settings including duets with another New orleans veteran, guitarist Danny Barker. Insightful commentary is added by…

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Live Music: James Scannell performs at The Jazz Centre UK

Saturday 27th October, 2pm – 4pm Spikes Place at The Jazz Centre UK, Southend-on-sea, Essex German Jazz Saxophonist James Scannell brings his skill, talent and experience to The Jazz Centre UK via Spike’s Place. He has covered jazz festivals globally covering France, Spain, Germany, England, USA, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Singapore,…

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Jazz Portraits: October 20 – November 17 2018

Jazz Portraits by Gill Levin, FRSA October 20 – November 17 2018 THE FIRST EXHIBITION of contemporary art at The Jazz Centre UK will be ‘Jazz Portraits’ by Gill Levin. Eight of her works will be on display and sale from Saturday October 20th to Saturday 17th November. Download PDF:…

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Movie: Elvin Jones – Jazz Machine

Elvin Jones has been called “the world’s greatest rhythmic drummer” (Life magazine) and “Mother Earth coming alive with syncopation” (Louis Bellson). Filmed in 1991 at the Stuttgart Theaterhaus this concert serves to confirm the above praise. Jones’ thunderous drumming powers the Jazz Machine, with veteran Sonny Fortune on tenor saxophone…

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Grand Opening: The Jazz Centre UK is getting a whole lot bigger!

The Jazz Centre UK grand expansion event October 20th 2018, 10am – 5pm (Free Admission) Join in the celebration at The Jazz Centre UK’s biggest event of the year! We have grown from strength to strength since we opened in 2016. Working with Southend Council, we are pleased to announce we…

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Movie: The Fabulous Dorseys

Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey play themselves in this 1947 bio-pic. It tells the story of their boyhood in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania through their rise to musical prominence, their acrimonious break-up, formation of successful individual bands, and final personal reunion. The storyline is perfunctory, but the film accurately portrays their music and…

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Parkinson cuts the ribbon to Britain’s First Centre for Jazz

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sir Michael Parkinson will cut the ribbon to The Jazz Centre UK’s biggest development yet. In a Grand Relaunch on Saturday October 20th, The Jazz Centre UK will triple the size of its premises to open: an Art Gallery, ‘Jazz Café’, jazz record shop, a state of the art…

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Live Jazz: Picante (Derek Nash) perform at The Jazz Centre UK

Derek Nash, Picante Saturday 29th September, 2pm – 4pm The Jazz Centre UK, Southend-on-sea, essex What can we say about Derek Nash. The Guardian described him as being a “Saxophonist on the forefront of the British Jazz Movement” and they are not wrong. We are very excited to have Picante perform…

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Live Jazz: Andrea Pozza performs at The Jazz Centre UK

25th August – 2pm-4pm Spikes place at TJCUK, Southend-on-Sea, Essex,  presents Andrea Pozza (Piano), Simon Wolf (Bass) and Matt Home (Drums) for a trio performance that will truly exploit the craft of piano improvisation. Andrea Pozza is a renowned Jazz pianist and composer from Italy. He is currently a professor of “Jazz…

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Celebrating the heritage, culture and future of Jazz Women | Jazz Women Exhibition

SATURDAY 30TH JUNE – SATURDAY 18th AUGUST At the jazz centre UK,  Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-sea, Essex The Jazz Centre UK is holding a seven-week exhibition to celebrate the contribution of women to the arts and crafts of jazz music and to encourage young female performers and commentators to step up and…

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Press Release for ‘Jazz Women’ Exhibition

for immediate release The Jazz Centre UK celebrates the heritage, culture and future of Jazz Women ‘Jazz women’ is the second of The Jazz Centre UK’s events sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund and runs from Saturday 30th June to Saturday 18th August at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Southend-on-Sea. The Centre’s…

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Laura Jurd and Elliot Galvin Masterclass

Laura Jurd Jazz Masterclass in Essex April 14th, 11am – 4:30pm Only an hour from London in Southend-on-sea, Essex, poll-winning trumpeter LAURA JURD and keyboardist/inventor Elliot Galvin are running a masterclass for musicians interested in jazz, at The Jazz Centre UK. Email enquiries@thejazzcentreuk.co.uk to apply for your place. Limited spaces available. The application criteria is Grade 5 performance…

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‘Jazz Now’ The Jazz Centre UK’s first major exhibition

Exploring Jazz Today Our exhibition, Friday, April 6th to Saturday 12th May 2018, will provide direct routes to the personal enjoyment of jazz music which lie both within – and beyond –  standard media outlets. And within our Centre, we will also be celebrating jazz music with an internationally-based series of…

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An Intimate Audience with DARYL SHERMAN

Following the successful fundraiser presented by our great friend SIR MICHAEL PARKINSON in December which raised over £5000.00, The Jazz Centre UK is proud to present ‘An intimate audience with DARYL SHERMAN’ on Saturday January 14th 2017. Daryl is the premier jazz singer-pianist in the USA and spent twelve years…

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