In 2015, the Archive was awarded an Our Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an 18-month oral history project. The resultant interviews taken for this project have been curated and made available to the public by the National Jazz Archive and can be listened to by searching the collection below.
The Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project built on previous work to increase access and public engagement with the Archive’s collections. The collective work included
The community groups involved included: Loughton Youth Project, University of Essex, Age UK, Black Cultural Archives, Open University, local jazz clubs and Eastern Roots.
Here you can read or listen to over 40 interviews with musicians and others involved in the UK jazz community from this project, plus some have additional video. Collectively these interviews explore the investments that different generations make in promoting, performing, supporting and documenting our jazz heritage.
You can also read about the experience of one of our Volunteers, Matthew St Pier, who was involved in editing and curating this collection.
Transcriptions of every interview are included in full, and recorded excerpts or the full audio file can be accessed for most of them. The interviews are arranged alphabetically by surname and you can explore them using the search facility, or simply scroll through them using the index below.