Read about the latest news from the Archive

A Happy New Year!

Posted on 1st Jan 2021 by John Rosie

A very Happy New Year from the trustees and volunteers of the National Jazz Archive. As we move into 2021, there is hope that the impact of Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted later this year. However, as from 4 January 2021, the Archive will be closed temporarily once again in accordance with current Government guidelines.  Once major restrict …

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December's Newsletter

Posted on 18th Dec 2020 by John Rosie

A very Happy Christmas from everyone at the National Jazz Archive.  In the last e-newsletter of 2020 we have more selections for jazz enthusiasts from our popular secondhand book sale. We summarise recent events, including results from the on-going fundraising appeal and our recent AGM, as well a summary of the work being done to archive the John …

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Our first virtual AGM

Posted on 14th Dec 2020 by John Rosie

The National Jazz Archive held its first virtual Annual General Meeting on 7 December 2020.  Since the restrictions brought about in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of videotelephony has enabled charity organisations to maintain contact both internally, as well as with partners and supporters. The National Jazz Archive has been no exce …

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Do you want to know what we did this year?

Posted on 25th Nov 2020 by John Rosie

Despite COVID-19 restrictions, at 7pm on the 7th December 2020 you can find out all about the National Jazz Archive's year at our Annual General Meeting 2020.  By registering with us you will be sent joining details so you can watch the AGM live and online from the comfort of your own home. The proceedings will last no more than 60 minutes a …

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Update on Covid-19 restrictions

Posted on 5th Nov 2020 by John Rosie

It is with regret that from 5 November 2020 the National Jazz Archive will be closed to visitors until further notice. This decision has been made in the interest of the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers and staff and is in compliance with changes to Government guidelines and Covid-19 related restrictions. All ongoing risk reviews continue t …

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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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