Events & Movies

Saturday, September 29th, 2018
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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Saturday, October 20th, 2018
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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Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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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Saturday, November 24th, 2018
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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Previous Events & Movies

Saturday, August 25th, 2018
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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Thursday, August 23rd, 2018
Film: Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker A Tribute to Charlie Parker

One of the monumental figures of jazz, Charlie Parker was a central innovator in the be-bop revolution of the 1940s and early 50s. A virtuoso on alto sax and inspiration to every contemporary and subsequent saxophonist, not just in the USA, but globally. One such was altoist Frank Morgan, who…

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Saturday, August 18th, 2018
Film: Last of the Blonde Bombshells

After the death of her husband, Elizabeth (Judi Dench) ponders her life anew, and comes to believe that her happiest days were during the uncertainties of WWII, when she played the saxophone with the Blonde Bombshells, an all-girl dance band. Retrieving her saxophone from mothballs, she starts busking and then…

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Saturday, August 4th, 2018
Guest Speakers and Movie: From the Dee to the Mersey – The Jazz Odyssey Continue The Big Chris Barber Band

Special guests Ray Knight and Louis Lince will introduce their second documentary film recording, interviewing, and preserving the historical sounds of the traditional jazz bands in Britain’s North- west. A follow-up to their 2017 documentary “The Road to Southport Pier”, they visit Chester and the Wirral to record some well-known,…

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Saturday, July 28th, 2018
Live Jazz: Greg Abate Quartet

Spike’s Place Presents: The Greg Abate Quartet 2pm – 4pm, Saturday 28th July. Admission: £10 Students: £5 From his bio: Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program…

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Saturday, July 14th, 2018
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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Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Live Jazz: Sara Dowling Quartet

Spikes Place Presents: The Sarah Dowling Quartet, 2pm – 4pm, Saturday 30th June. Admission: £10 Students: £5 From her Bio: It is said that the number one tip to losing weight is to go through a break up. Well I lost a little weight but I made a record. In 2015…

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Saturday, May 26th, 2018
Live Jazz: Dave O’Higgins Quartet

  Spike’s Place at the Jazz Centre UK Presents: Dave O’Higgins Quartet, including Rob Baron (piano) Geoff Gascoigne (double bass) Seb de Krom (drums).

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Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Live Jazz: Daryl Sherman and Dave Green

Spike’s Place at the Jazz Centre UK Presents: Daryl Sherman and Dave Green Download Event Schedule for April: Jazz Centre Movies April 2018

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Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Movie: Big Band Special – Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual

Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual: Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Band & Woody Herman Band Gil Evans: Live in Paris 1987 US public TV network, Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual features two 30 minute episodes featuring the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, which kept the big band flame alive through the 1960s. Episode two…

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Saturday, April 14th, 2018
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 to apply for your place. Limited spaces available. The application criteria is Grade 5 performance…

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Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Movie: Oscar Peterson – Music in the Key of Oscar

‘Music in the Key of Oscar’ traces four decades in the career of a jazz all-time piano great; from his early days as Montreal’s Teenage Boogie-Woogie sensation through his meteoric rise to international celebrity. A highlight is the reunion of his early trio with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis. Peterson…

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Saturday, April 7th, 2018
Movie: Whiplash

‘Whiplash’ is a 2014 American drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle. Miles Teller plays an ambitious young jazz drummer learning his trade at a fiercely competitive music school. His desire to become like his hero Buddy Rich brings him into conflict with an aggressive and abusive instructor, played…

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Saturday, April 7th, 2018
‘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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Friday, April 6th, 2018
Workshop Afternoon

A selection of junior jazz graduates from Spike Robinson’s Jazz Academy – and their tutors – will present a ‘workshop afternoon’ on Friday April 6th from 2-4pm. Admission is £6.00. All the money raised will go towards the Spike Robinson Scholarship Fund.

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Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Live Jazz: Jo Fookes with the Ted Beament Trio

Spike’s Place at the Jazz Centre UK Presents: Jo Fookes with the Ted Beamont Trio

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Saturday, March 31st, 2018
Movie: Stan Tracey at the Bath International Festival 1986

Stan Tracey was one of Britain’s most popular jazz composers and arrangers, and an outstanding figure in the jazz world. His career spanned six decades of flourishing creativity. He was, and remains, a highly influential figure to generations of jazz musicians. At the Bath Festival he leads fourteen of Britain’s…

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Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Live Jazz: The Orpheus Singers

Crowstone Christian Centre Presents: The Orpheus Singers Time: 7.30pm

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Saturday, March 17th, 2018
Movie: Whatever Happened to Bill Brunskill?

Written and presented by George Melly with help from John Chilton, the story of revivalist jazz in Britain using film clips, recordings, stills, and interviews with George Webb, Humphrey Lyttelton, Ronnie Scott, John Osborne, Kingsley Amis, Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Lord Montagu of Beaulieu, Acker Bilk and Bill Brunskill. Vintage…

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Saturday, March 10th, 2018
Live Jazz: Liane Carroll Trio

For the first time film of one of Britain’s finest vocalists live in concert at the Brecon Jazz Festival in August 2006. Liane’s singing and piano playing have made her well-known internationally. This film of the concert captures her at the peak of her powers, supported by her virtuoso bass…

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Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
Movie: Humphrey Lyttelton – the Jazz Musician’s Musician

Humphrey Lyttelton profiled a few months after his death, relying on film and TV clips, home movies, performance footage and interviews with family, friends and colleagues from both the music and radio industries, including Digby Fairweather, Wally Fawkes, John Dankworth, Courtney Pine, Stacey Kent and Karen Sharp. Plus archive footage…

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Saturday, February 24th, 2018
Live Jazz: The Alan Barnes Quartet

Saturday 24th 2pm – 4pm Spike’s Place at the Jazz Centre UK Presents Live Jazz with: The Alan Barnes Quartet Alan Barnes is a multi-instrumentalist, multi-award winner, prolific international performer, composer, arranger and bandleader. “His stylistic range is quite phenomenal… He has a wonderful capacity for suggesting a given style…

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Saturday, February 17th, 2018
Movie: Benny Carter: Montreux ‘77 & Roy Eldridge – Montreux ‘77

Two giants of jazz from the swing era perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1977. Trumpeter Roy Eldrige is teamed up with Oscar Peterson, Niels Pederson and Bobby Durham in a scintillating set. Sublime saxophonist (and trumpeter), arranger, composer and bandleader, Benny Carter is accompanied by Ray Bryant, Niels…

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Saturday, February 10th, 2018
Movie: Django Reinhardt – King of Jazz Guitar

Django Reinhardt’s music touches more people today than ever before. The shadow of Europe’s first jazz superstar still looms over performers 50 years after his death. Django’s music is romantic, technically superb, intensely rhythmic and always melodic. This documentary is a worthy contribution to the life of this jazz legend. All…

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Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
Movie: Lush Life

‘Lush Life’ is an enjoyable jazz-themed movie first shown at the 1993 London Jazz Festival. It stars Forrest Whittaker and Jeff Goldblum as two jobbing jazz musicians. “The film traces their lives as they move through the peripatetic world of the session musician. Along the way, there’s plenty of admirable music…

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Saturday, January 27th, 2018
Live Jazz: Vasilis Xenopoulus and Nigel Price Trio

Saturday January 27th 2pm – 4pm Spike’s Place at the Jazz Centre UK Presents Live Jazz with: Vasilis Xenopoulos & the Nigel Price Trio Brilliant tenor saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos and 2016 British Jazz Award Winner for Best Guitarist, Nigel Price and his trio, kick off the new club at the…

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Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Movie: Stan Getz —Vintage Getz

This open-air performance by the great Stan Getz was recorded in Mandavi vineyard, Napa, California in 1983. Stan is backed by a talented and sympathetic trio consisting of Victor Lewis on drums, Marc Johnson on bass and Jim McNeely on piano. Whether playing ballads, bebop or bossa nova the outcome…

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Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Movie: The Girls in the Band & The International Sweethearts of Rhythm

In the world of jazz, women have long been marginalized as singers or piano players. This film shines a light on the all-women bands, the talented trumpeters, saxophonist and drummers, the struggles of the handful who broke through the male bastions, and brings us into the present day, where brilliantly gifted…

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Saturday, January 6th, 2018
Movie: La La Land

‘La La Land’ is a 2016 American musical romantic comedy-drama film which received worldwide critical acclaim. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is an aspiring jazz pianist who dreams of opening his own jazz club. Tired of playing muzak in a restaurant to non listening diners he slips into a passionate jazz improvisation and…

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Saturday, December 23rd, 2017
Movie Schedule December 2nd – December 23rd 2017

View and Download: Jazz Centre Movies December

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Saturday, November 25th, 2017
Movie Schedule November 4th – November 28th 2017

View and Download: Jazz Centre Movies Nov 4th – November 2017

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Saturday, October 28th, 2017
Movie Schedule October 14th – October 28th 2017

View and Download: Jazz Centre Movies Oct 14th – Oct 28th 2017

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Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Grand Opening Movies

View and Download: October 7th – Three Jazz Movies

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Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Grand Opening Day

Roll up roll up for the Grand Opening Day of our ‘Living Heritage of Jazz Museum’ – the first-ever of its kind in the UK. Come and meet us all on SATURDAY OCTOBER 7th when the ribbon will be cut at 11am in the jazz basement of THE BEECROFT ART…

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Saturday, September 30th, 2017
Movie Schedule: September 2nd – September 30th 2017

View and Download: September 2017 movies

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Saturday, June 17th, 2017
Movie – Duke Ellington: The Classic Hollywood Years

Different films of the Duke and his orchestra, including assorted musical sequences from motion pictures. Duke’s debut in the short “Black and Tan”. The short “A Bundle of Blues” with a lenghty rendition of “Stormy Weather” that starred Ivie Anderson. “Symphony in black: A rhapsody of Negro life” with Billie Holiday….

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Saturday, June 10th, 2017
Movie – Brownie Speaks

A native of Wilmington, Delaware, jazz trumpeter Clifford Brown made an ­outstanding and influential contribution to music. He was killed in a car ­accident at the age of 25. This feature-length documentary presents a richly ­detailed ­account of Brown’s life, and examines his historical importance in the context of three…

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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017
Movie – High Society

This remake of ‘The Philadelphia Story’ into a star-studded ­technicolor musical with Cole Porter tunes works splendidly and remains an underrated gem. Starring Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and jazz great Louis Armstrong, the Cole Porter score, and lyrical content is delivered memorably by the ­charismatic performers. All films…

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Saturday, May 27th, 2017
Movie – Jazz Legends: Johnny Griffin, Richie Cole

Two 30 minute programs recorded in 1981 at the Village ­Vanguard. One with the Johnny Griffin Quartet, with Ronnie Matthews, Ray Drummond, and Kenny Washington. The second with the Richie Cole Quintet, featuring pianist Bobby Enriqez and guitarist Bruce Forman. All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery Victoria…

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Saturday, May 20th, 2017
Movie – Keep On Keepin’ On

Shot over the course of five years, “Keep On keepin’ On” depicts the remarkable story of jazz legend Clark Terry. Part of the film is about him mentoring a young blind jazz pianist Justin Kauflin. Terry is among the few performers ever to have played in both Count Basie’s and…

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Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Movie – Stormy Weather

A veteran jazz musician looks back at his life, the flashbacks providing the excuse for the top-notch musical talents of the day to show what they could do. Includes ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘Jumpin Jive’ and ‘Ain’t Misbehaving’, performed by the likes of Cab Calloway, Fats Waller, Lena Horne and Mae Johnson….

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Saturday, May 6th, 2017
Movie – Buddy Rich: The Lost West Side Story Tapes

Originally recorded in 1985, the master tapes of Buddy Rich and his band’s performance of West Side Story were thought to have been lost in a fire. The 2-hour concert showcases Rich’s characteristically percussive approach to Leonard Bernstein’s score, with a helping of standards that prove the band to be…

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Saturday, April 29th, 2017
Movie – Fats Waller: This Joint is Jumpin’

A reflective musical documentary about the life and career of the American jazz pianist, organist, composer and comedic entertainer featuring vintage performance footage and interviews with Maurice Waller (Fats’ son) and musicians Sammy Price and Paul Machlin.There are a large number of performance numbers taken from various sources. All films…

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
Movie – Dingo

Miles Davis makes his only acting appearance in this film about a jazz trumpeter who dares to realise his musical dreams in the Australian outback. Featuring a stunning Miles Davis soundtrack, Dingo is director Rolf De Heer’s cinematic ode to the power of music. All films are shown at the…

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Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Movie – Live at Ronnie Scott’s: Art Blakey

Recorded in February 1985, Art Blakey leads the legendary six-piece Messengers (including trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Donald Harrison) from behind his drums and turns in a truly powerful, driving performance that belies his sixty-six years. All films are shown at the Beecroft Art Gallery Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea SS2 6EX….

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Saturday, April 8th, 2017
Movie – Satchmo: the Life of Louis Armstrong

Gary Giddins has been called “the best jazz writer in America today” (Esquire). Louis Armstrong has been called the most influential jazz musician of the century. Together this auspicious pairing has resulted in Satchmo, one of the most vivid and fascinating portraits ever drawn of one of the greatest figures…

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Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Movie – New York, New York

By the acclaimed director Martin Scorsese, and filmed on fabulous sets, this affectionate musical starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli celebrates the jazz and big-band scenes of post-war America. This extended version of the film also features the unforgettable original soundtrack by John Kander and Fred Ebb. New York,…

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Saturday, March 25th, 2017
Movie – Manhattan Transfer: Vocalese Live

The Manhattan Transfer flex their jazz muscles in this 80-minute performance , recorded in Tokyo in 1986. The quartet were touring in support of their hit Vocalese album and much of the show is devoted to that style, which consists of singing words over existing jazz instrumentals. Tunes by Woody…

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Saturday, March 11th, 2017
Movie – Charles Mingus: Triumph of the Underdog

This documentary focuses on the life and music of jazz composer Charles Mingus (1922-1979), combining archival footage and interviews with two of his wives, Sue Mingus (a co-producer of this film) and Celia Mingus Zaentz, plus a variety of performers and past Mingus associates, including Dannie Richmond and John Handy….

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Saturday, March 4th, 2017
Movie – The Benny Goodman Story

‘The Benny Goodman Story’ stars Steve Allen and Donna Reed. The lm is based on the life of Goodman, who recorded most of the clarinet solos used in the lm, with performances by the original Benny Goodman Quartet (Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, and Lionel Hampton). All films are shown at…

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Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Movie – Weather Report: Birdland

A live concert performance from American jazz fusion group Weather Report, lmed in Tokyo in 1984. “Weather Report, an iconic in uence on the development of jazz-rock fusion, originally formed as a quintet in 1970. Its core partnership of saxophonist Wayne Shorter and keyboardist Joe Zawinul brought together in uences…

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Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Movie – Dixieland Jazz

In the 1930s, the Bobcats were a hot subset of the Bob Crosby Orchestra. In this 1951 reunion they perform eight numbers, including “Who’s Sorry Now?” “Lazy Mood,” and “Panama.” Another all-star band led by the ever-charming Jack Teagarden performs “Basin Street Blues,” “Wolverine Blues,” “Rocking Chair,” “Dark Eyes,” “Georgia…

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Saturday, January 14th, 2017
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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Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

In conversation with his son Mike and showing highlights from the Parkinson archive, An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson is a unique opportunity to get an intimate, entertaining and informative look at the career of a man who, in over 50 years in the business, has interviewed over 2000 of…

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