The John Chilton Collection

Posted on 22nd Nov 2020 by John Rosie

Nicholas Dunn shares his experiences as a volunteer and takes us through the exciting material held within the John Chilton Collection. My participation in the National Jazz Archive began in November …

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Ronnie's and me

Posted on 27th Oct 2020 by John Rosie

A fascinating story of the fabled Soho jazz club and review of the latest documentary film 'Ronnie's' by National Jazz Archive Volunteer Mike Rose. At the end of 2018, the Archive received an e-mail …

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Goodbye to a star

Posted on 3rd Sep 2020 by John Rosie

A personal tribute by Roger Cotterrell.    My favourite jazz blog is JazzWax. Its author Marc Myers, based in New York, is a music columnist for the Wall Street Journal. I like his weekly blog post …

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Charlie Parker - Myth and mayhem

Posted on 31st Aug 2020 by John Rosie

In celebration of the 100th birthday of Charlie Parker, National Jazz Archive trustee John Rosie explores Parker’s early life and influences along with the development of bebop music. Often portray …

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The only really global jazz magazine

Posted on 21st Jul 2020 by John Rosie

Here’s a trivia quiz question. Where was the only genuinely global jazz magazine published? New York? London? Try again. Incredible as it might seem the answer is – Warsaw. Jazz Forum, based ther …

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Putting jazz stories into print

Posted on 28th Jun 2020 by John Rosie

There are over 4,500 books in the National Jazz Archive. This shows that any new jazz book faces a lot of competition. When I started to publish books about jazz I was given some good advice by a ret …

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'Not a good sound, a weak staccato ...'

Posted on 28th May 2020 by John Rosie

National Jazz Archive volunteer, and former Trustee, John Dale makes a personal search for material in the Archive about Benny Goodman. I’m a jazz enthusiast who collects 78rpm records and I’m al …

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