The Jazz Centre Uk announces the launch of its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’: Jazz in all its forms that you can listen to NOW!’

The Jazz Centre UK is delighted to announce that from Friday, April 6th to Saturday 12th May 2018  it will be presenting its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’.

This exciting project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Southend Borough Council, will celebrate the continuing vitality of the jazz culture in Britain and beyond via exhibitions, live presentations, film and five live music events. Its aim is to encourage and inspire its visitors to re-explore all the genres of jazz which are available to the public in 2018. Our exhibition will provide direct routes to the personal enjoyment of jazz music which lie both within – and beyond –  standard media outlets (including publications, radio, recordings and live venues). And within our Centre (situated at The Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on Sea, Essex SS2 6EX) we will also be celebrating jazz music with an internationally-based series of presentations covering the entire inter-generational span of jazz activity.

These will include as the exhibition progresses;

Exclusive Preview Concert, April 6th, 2pm-4pm: A selection of junior jazz graduates from Spike Robinson’s Jazz Academy – and their tutors – will present a ‘workshop afternoon’. All the money raised will go towards the Spike Robinson Scholarship Fund.

Exhibition opening event with live music, April 7th, 10am – 4:30pm: The opening to our exhibition containing a display of jazz that you can listen to now, routes to concerts, festivals and live music by young musicians including the Harrison Dolphin Trio – including guitarist Harrison Dolphin, bassist Lorenzo Morabito and drummer Kai Macrae – all musicians from the prestigious National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO). FREE ADMISSION

Masterclass, April 14th, 11am – 4:30pm: A recital/masterclass by poll-winning trumpeter LAURA JURD and keyboardist/inventor Elliot Galvin. (For those who would like to join Laura in the master class element of her presentation, free of charge, there are limited spaces for which applicants will require a minimum of Grade 5 ability and above.To apply please e-mail: letting us know which instrument you play. FREE ADMISSION

Ongoing: Weekly film presentations including documentaries on jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and Gil Evans along with contemporary Hollywood movies with a jazz theme. FREE ADMISSION

Ongoing: A presentation of contemporary jazz recording outlets including Hi4Head Label (Nick Hart) and FMR (Trevor Taylor). FREE ADMISSION

Seminar, April 28th, 12 midday: An illustrated lecture by BOB SINFIELD on the classic Scots trombonist GEORGE CHISHOLM on which copies of his Chisholm biography, ‘Gentleman of Jazz’ will be on sale. FREE ADMISSION

Live music, April 28th, 2pm – 4pm: A recital by DARYL SHERMAN the multi-award winning US pianist/singer with DAVE GREEN (double-bass) – part of jazz impresario Susan May’s monthly season of live jazz presentations at The Jazz Centre UK.

Live music, May 5th, 2pm-4pm: A concert by ‘Elephant Talk’; the seven-piece band composed of 3rd year Guildhall students featuring original contemporary music in the jazz-funk mode. FREE ADMISSION

Live music and exhibition close, May 12th, 10am – 4:30pm: A concert by British jazz greats TREVOR WATTS and VERYAN WESTON featuring a showing of Watts’ ‘Hear Now’ DVD will be introduced by the director Mark French followed by music from their project ‘The Quantum Illusion’.

Admission for events range between £0 – £10.
Free admission to main exhibition running from April 6th – May 12th.

This exhibition will further cement the solid foundation of The Jazz Centre UK and future-proof its ability to contribute positively to the national/international jazz scene as well as adding a valuable new dimension to Southend’s appeal as a cultural destination.

Digby Fairweather (CEO The Jazz Centre UK) summarized in saying:

‘I am absolutely thrilled about this major new exhibition – the first of three to be presented under agreement with Heritage Lottery Fund. In my opinion it covers all the bases with which jazz should be involved – from the printed word to the music; from heritage to contemporary expression and (of course) the growing involvement of new generations of performers alongside their illustrious predecessors’.  


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Opened in February 2016 and now registered as a Charity (CEO:1167421) ‘The Jazz Centre (UK)’ celebrates the music’s heritage, art and memorabilia and actively supports and promotes contemporary performance and education.

Its current site in the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend’s Victoria Avenue and measuring c. 4000 square feet – includes a performance space, a research centre and a cinema/lecture theatre. Its facilities include full internet accessibility in dedicated research areas; private screens for film study; a large book and periodical research collection; a retail section for jazz vinyl, CDs and books; an expanding section for the ‘little labels’ of British jazz (including the ‘Jazz Academy’ label of pianist-composer Michael Garrick and ‘Calligraph’ label of Humphrey Lyttelton) and full facilities for the study (and enjoyment!) of recorded jazz in the department.

Our heritage acquisitions already include the instruments of jazz legends (Louis Armstrong’s ‘Special’ trumpet and Sir John Dankworth’s first piano) and the complete Archives of British jazz’s most eloquent and well-remembered spokesman Humphrey Lyttelton – his desk, his instruments and eight decades of his scrapbooks and private correspondence donated by son Stephen Lyttelton.

Our Patrons include:  Dame Cleo Laine, Sir Michael Parkinson, Sir Van Morrison, Dan Morgenstern, Paul Jones, Jools Holland, Simon Spillett, Alan Barnes and Susan Da Costa.

What our patrons say:

Sir Michael Parkinson
“It’s been a long time coming, but such good news – and well deserved”

Sir Van Morrison
“I fully support the idea of a national jazz centre and wish you every success with the project”

Jools Holland
“If we can make it work it will be a great thing for jazz – not only for Britain but all over the world”

Our CEO is Digby Fairweather.

Digby Fairweather has been a professional jazz musician since l977 and recorded over seventy albums as leader and sideman. After work with many celebrated bands (including ‘The Best of British Jazz’ (l999-2006)  and ‘The Great British Jazz Band’ (l994-2005) he has led his ‘Half-Dozen’ since l995 touring and recording with blues-legend George Melly (2003-7) Paul Jones (Manfreds/Blues Band)(2007-present) and as a solo act. Digby was Founder of the National Jazz Archive UK which opened in l988 and also broadcast widely on jazz for the BBC and Jazz FM (l986-1998) before returning to fulltime playing in l998. His awards have included: British Jazz Awards (for trumpet l992/Services to Jazz,l993);  Benno Haussmann Award (Services to Jazz, l993) and the Freedoms of London (l992) and his home town Southend-on-Sea(2000). Digby has been called ‘just about the best Ambassador British jazz could have’ (Michael Dynan,’The Stage’) and has authored (or co-authored) several books of his own. In 2013 he received the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ and his group ‘Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen’ has won the British Jazz Award – the ‘Jazz Oscar’ for ‘top small group’ for the last eleven years;2005/6/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16.In 2016 Digby founded the new Charity ‘The Jazz Centre (UK)’ in Southend and combines playing (and leading his band) with his duties as Director/TJC(UK)

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