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

Jazz Women Exhibition at The Jazz Centre UK, Southend-on-sea, Essex, England.


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 make their own contributions to our on-going culture.

‘Jazz Women’ is the second of our Jazz Centre UK events sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund. Our exhibition includes 3 live events, a fine collection of books, periodicals, memorabilia, letters, art, posters and photography, and a varied season of films about women in jazz.

Come and join us for our live music events featuring premier jazz women and enjoy the fantastic displays in our exhibitions.

Exhibition Events

Sara Dowling Quartet

Saturday 30th June: 2pm – 4pm

Sara Dowling is a young singer/songwriter currently achieving a major national reputation.”Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers”. (Guy Barker). “The Jazz world has been waiting a long time for Sara Dowling to come along” (Nigel Price).

Admission: £10

Students: £5

Sydney Robins

Saturday 14th July: 2pm – 4pm

Sydney Robins is an outstanding young jazz singer currently completing her jazz studies at London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama. This is her debut concert at The Jazz Centre UK and it will be an event to remember!

Karen Sharp and Nikki Iles Duo

Saturday 21st July: 2pm – 4pm

British Jazz Pollwinners Karen Sharp (tenor-saxophone) and pianist Nikki Isles – co-leaders of their own quartet – join forces again; this time in a rare duo setting. The Jazz Centre UK is proud to welcome two of Britain’s greatest jazz musicians.

The Exhibition – Always On

Thursdays and Saturdays, 10am -5pm

We have a range of books, periodicals, memorabilia, letters, art,  posters and photography by or about women jazz musicians, artists, authors and journalists on display. Throughout the exhibition, a multi-media on-screen presentation celebrating both past and current women jazz performers, writers and educationalists will be showing in our heritage room.

We have films on every Saturday in our media room at 2pm including, ‘The Jazz Baroness’ ‘Diane Schurr with Count Basie’ ‘Nancy Wilson at Carnegie Hall’ ‘The Girls in the Band’ ‘The International Sweethearts of Rhythm’ and ‘The Last of the Blonde Bombshells’. Keep an eye on our website for more details.

Free Admission.

Celebrating Jazz Women

Digby Fairweather (CEO) says:

“The position of women in jazz – paralleling in a sense the position of women in society generally – is a relevant cause for discussion (as well as celebration) today. Despite the central historic contributions of women musicians from Lil Hardin Armstrong on, and singers from Bessie Smith to Ella Fitzgerald and beyond, jazz music – for much of its history – has all too often been viewed as a male-dominated society. Although this is certainly much less true today, we feel that our events will help to celebrate great jazz women past and present and also encourage  new arrivals to step up to the line and make their own contributions to our ongoing culture!”

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