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The history of Authentic Jazz dance (Part 2)

Posted on 21st Sep 2021 by John Rosie

In this second and final part of Nikki Santilli's exploration of authentic jazz dance, we discover the various styles and their evolution. If you missed the first part of our series, you can read it in our Articles section found within the menu. Lead image: 'Jitterbug (V)', between 1941-42, by William H Johnson. Smithsonian American Art Museum. …

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Rediscovering Sheelagh Pearson

Posted on 1st Sep 2021 by John Rosie

John Rosie rediscovers the contribution made by pioneering British jazz drummer Sheelagh Pearson and looks at her career alongside that of some other notable female drummers. Whilst in the process of updating our online interview collection, we have been adding short biographies of more than 200 jazz artists. This has been a labour of love that ha …

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The history of Authentic Jazz dance (Part 1)

Posted on 17th Aug 2021 by John Rosie

Dancer, teacher and writer Nikki Santilli explores the development of jazz dance through the different musical eras. This article continues from our recent Top 10 questions about jazz series, which addresses the basic question: What is jazz dance? In this first part of a two-part article, we introduce the concept of authentic jazz dance and desc …

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Top 10 most asked questions about jazz (Part 3)

Posted on 12th Jul 2021 by John Rosie

In this third and final part of our series on the top 10 most asked questions about jazz, we cover the final two questions often asked by new-comers to jazz: What are the different jazz styles? Where does the name jazz come from? The National Jazz Archive is grateful to all who continue to write about jazz online and we've included some online …

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Top 10 most asked questions about jazz (Part 2)

Posted on 21st Jun 2021 by John Rosie

In the second part of our three-part series, ‘The top 10 most asked questions about jazz’, we have taken some of the most popular questions asked on the internet about jazz and provided answers for those intrigued about this great art form. Here we have addressed the three questions from numbers 6, 7 and 8 of the top 10: How did jazz influenc …

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Top 10 most asked questions about jazz (Part 1)

Posted on 18th May 2021 by John Rosie

By analysing queries asked on the internet, we have identified 10 of the most commonly asked questions about jazz and will provide answers to them in this three-part series. The National Jazz Archive wants to help newcomers to this great art form by providing this introductory information all in one place. This addresses the questions asked about …

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Back to the beginning with Bix

Posted on 3rd May 2021 by John Rosie

Roger Cotterrell takes a retrospective look at an evocative and engaging memoir by jazz writer Ralph Berton. It takes real skill and talent to be able to evoke in print a completely vanished social world – like, for example, the so-called ‘jazz age’ in America in the 1920s. For all of us that is just history now and, while historians can tel …

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That's the noise!

Posted on 13th Feb 2021 by John Rosie

Roger Cotterrell remembers poet, trumpeter and flugelhorn player Shake Keane as the first biography is published about this groundbreaking jazz musician. How many jazz listeners know Shake Keane’s music now? How many even know his name? There is a loyal minority (and not just jazz people but also lovers of Caribbean music traditions, as well as …

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My friend Tony Pitt

Posted on 15th Jan 2021 by John Rosie

Jazz clarinettist, singer and National Jazz Archive Ambassador, Adrian Cox pays a personal tribute to his friend, the jazz guitarist and banjo player Tony Pitt, who has died aged 80. "I have never been asked to write an obituary for anyone and so I was more than honoured to be asked by the National Jazz Archive to write this one for my friend an …

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The feet-warming trumpeter

Posted on 21st Dec 2020 by John Rosie

Following our recent article on the collections of bandleader, writer and trumpet player John Chilton, publisher Ann Cotterrell further reflects on the origins of his love of jazz. What brought you to jazz? Jazz people all have their stories of the sounds, the person, the event or the moment which made them realise that this was their music. Here …

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