About the National Jazz Archive

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Since the Archive was founded by Digby Fairweather in 1988, its vision has been to ensure that the rich cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.

The National Jazz Archive has benefitted from two Heritage Lottery Fund projects:

Our collections

Whether you’re a writer, student, jazz enthusiast or musician, our collections are available for all to explore online, but visiting the Archive itself will enable you to make full use of our resources:

Projects, events and activities

We continue to conserve and maintain our collection, enabling online access for all, and developing an expanding resource of oral history materials to document our jazz heritage. As well as accessioning and cataloguing new material, we run an active programme of:

Our patrons

The work and vision of the National Jazz Archive are supported by a number of eminent patrons:

Governance

The National Jazz Archive is a charity (no. 327894), and the board of trustees is legally responsible for all the activities that the organisation undertakes. The trustees are all unpaid volunteers who are responsible for ensuring that the Archive abides by its charitable aims and delivers its vision effectively.

Read the Chairman’s report and Financial Statement report from the latest AGM.

Our trustees

Our trustees are drawn from a range of backgrounds in heritage, archives, publishing, jazz, law and finance. The board of trustees has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of the Archive, ensuring that it is solvent, well run and fulfils its charitable objects. The members of the board are (November 2018):

Paul Kaufman has been a trustee of the National Jazz Archive since 2012 and was appointed chair of trustees in February 2014. Paul has maintained his lifelong passion for jazz while practising as a solicitor for over 30 years. He is a former partner, now a consultant, with a firm in East London. Paul has extensive trustee experience and specialises in regulatory law.

Pedro Cravinho is a researcher of jazz and the media at the Birmingham City University. His research interests include jazz studies and media studies with a particular interest on jazz on television, the twentieth-century jazz diaspora, and political and social histories. He has published numerous articles on jazz.

Nick Clarke has been a trustee of the Archive since 2012 and chairs the marketing and fundraising group. He has many years’ experience of publishing and marketing books and journals, and is also involved in marketing for a local arts organisation.

Jez Collins is a research fellow at Birmingham City University where he teaches and publishes on popular music history, heritage and archives. He is the founder of the Birmingham Music Archive, an online archive that celebrates Birmingham’s music heritage, and is a member of the Community Archives and Heritage Group advisory board.

Roger Cotterrell was actively involved for many years with jazz promotion by the Jazz Centre Society and Leicester Jazz Society. He has written extensively for jazz magazines in the UK and abroad and is a consultant editor for the jazz book publisher, Northway. He co-wrote Bass Lines: A Life in Jazz with Coleridge Goode, edited bandleader Harry Gold’s memoirs, and compiled Jazz Now: The Jazz Centre Society Guide. He has broadcast and lectured on jazz and, outside music, he is a university professor.

John Dale has a career background in software engineering and consultancy for the defence and information security sectors. The nature of online services and digital archives means his background is not so remote from the demands of the Archive. He has a deep love of music and in particular jazz. He is a keen collector of 78-rpm shellac records. He enjoys the background research each record stimulates, so truly appreciates the objectives of the Archive.

David Goodridge is a chartered accountant and was a partner in Kingston Smith until 2014. Since retiring from full-time work David has taken up a number of Board appointments. He is a governor of the University of Hertfordshire, and a trustee of Luton Culture and Marlborough Almshouses in St Albans. When he is not listening to jazz he is taking care of his bees.

Vic Hobson is a researcher and writer on jazz, and previously lectured in jazz and blues at the University of East Anglia. He writes for the University Press of Mississippi and has a book on Louis Armstrong forthcoming. Vic joined the Board of Trustees at the start of the Story of British Jazz project. He is the outreach co-ordinator for the Archive, establishing and maintaining contacts with other archives and organisations, and developing project activities including the HLF-funded Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence project.

Erin Lee is the head of archive for the National Theatre. She is chair of the Association of Performing Arts Collections, runs the Archive Trainees group for the UK and has a particular interest in how we document creative process and performance.

Andy Linehan is curator of popular music collections at the British Library Sound Archive. He has written and broadcast on many aspects of pop music and for nearly 10 years taught popular music history at the Royal Academy of Music. Publications include the pop music periodicals index, POMPI, and Aural History – Essays on Recorded Sound. He is the resources editor of the journal Popular Music History and his current research subject is on the relationship between popular music and football.

Alis Templeton specialises in visitor research, evaluation, audience development and marketing for the cultural sector. She undertakes visitor research, project and exhibition evaluation and writes marketing plans and activity plans for a range of clients – from the V&A and Museum of London to Bethlem Museum of the Mind and Battersea Arts Centre.

Our key staff

David Nathan was appointed research archivist for the National Jazz Archive by Essex County Council in May 1997. This followed 37 years working in insurance with Commercial Union (now Aviva), and ending as development manager for the City of London region.

His earliest recollection of seeing jazz was when as a teenager he went to the Hackney Empire for a special jazz evening when the bill included Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott, and the Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band – and he loved it! His other interests include being a Leyton Orient season-ticket holder, a member of the MCC and an avid collector of jazz CDs.

Angela Davies has worked with the NJA since 2008. She was project manager for both of the National Jazz Archive’s Heritage Lottery Fund projects, and successfully delivered the Story of British Jazz project and the Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence project. She now runs all our volunteer projects.

Following a background in archives and records management she became involved in large-scale fine-art digitisation projects, specialising in the creation and management of metadata through the development of image cataloguing databases, controlled vocabulary and key-wording infrastructures. Since 2001 she has held the position of director of content at Heritage Image Partnership Ltd, representing the collections of prestigious heritage institutions through the Heritage Images online historical image library. Some NJA collections are now available for commercial licensing and print-on-demand products through Heritage Images.

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