October's newsletter

Posted on 22nd Oct 2020 by John Rosie

This month's newsletter provides details as to how you can make use of Free Wills Month in October to provide charities, such as the National Jazz Archive, with future legacies. 2020 has been a difficult year for all charities and any help that you can give to the Archive will be appreciated by all its hard-working volunteers. In a bumper edition …

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A new patron for the archive

Posted on 9th Oct 2020 by Paul Kaufman

We are delighted to welcome Val Wilmer as a Patron of the National Jazz Archive. Val occupies a very special position in our cultural landscape, both as a writer and a photographer.   Writings and interviews Val’s writing career began at the age of 17. Her first article, about Jesse Fuller, appeared in Jazz Journal in May 1957. Reflecting o …

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Documentary team films at the archive

Posted on 13th Sep 2020 by John Rosie

Clarinettist Adrian Cox, a National Jazz Archive ambassador, has embarked on a new documentary project with Kansas Smitty’s production team and called upon the archive to help collect supporting material. Kansas Smitty's is both a jazz band and a music-centric nightspot hosting live swing and jazz. During lock-down, the Kansas Smitty's team have …

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August's newsletter

Posted on 26th Aug 2020 by John Rosie

This month's newsletter continues our successful jazz book sale, with even more jazz biographies and memoirs, books on big bands and swing, New Orleans, jazz guitar, song writing and popular song. All at very reasonable prices and with all proceeds going to help fund the archive. There is an obituary of singer Annie Ross, who sadly died on 21 July …

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Thank you Waitrose!

Posted on 4th Aug 2020 by John Rosie

The National Jazz Archive was delighted to receive a donation from Waitrose and Partners for £290 on 3 August 2020. The money was raised by Waitrose at their Buckhurst Hill branch through their Community Matters scheme. The picture shows the cheque being presented at the Buckhurst Hill store to the archive's Chair of Trustees, Paul Kaufman. Also …

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July's newsletter

Posted on 10th Jul 2020 by John Rosie

This month's newsletter continues from last month's popular book sale with a further selection of over 90 books for our reader's to choose from. We also celebrate the successes of our Patrons Corey Mwamba and Deidre Cartwright in the recent Parliamentary Jazz Awards. Our Gems from the Archive section features a programme from our archive, which pr …

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We're re-opening!

Posted on 4th Jul 2020 by John Rosie

We're pleased to announce that the National Jazz Archive is re-opening from Monday, 13 July 2020. This follows the temporary closure over the past few months in line with Government Guidance around Covid-19. Following a safety risk assessment that takes into account the on-going issues with Covid-19, mitigation actions have been identified by the …

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2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

Posted on 2nd Jul 2020 by John Rosie

The National Jazz Archive is pleased to announce that one of its Trustees, Corey Mwamba, is a recipient of the 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Award for Jazz Media.  This award recognises Corey's work for his BBC Radio 3 show, Freeness. The Parliamentary Awards celebrate and recognise the vibrancy, diversity, talent and breadth of the jazz scene throug …

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UK Jazz in 100 Images

Posted on 22nd Jun 2020 by John Rosie

There has often been something very distinctive about UK jazz. It has constantly absorbed innovations from across the Atlantic but there have been wider influences at work. This has resulted in a body of music that could only have been created in this country, which has developed such a diverse and cosmopolitan culture. Matthew St Pier, a voluntee …

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Black Lives Matter

Posted on 12th Jun 2020 by John Rosie

A statement from the trustees of the National Jazz Archive.   As trustees of the National Jazz Archive we recognise the enormity of recent events in the USA, and the impact they have had in galvanising reflection and calls for change from Britain and across the world. The contents of the archive show clearly that such events are not confined to …

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