The Jazz Centre UK announces the launch of its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’: Jazz in all its forms that you can listen to NOW!’
The Jazz Centre UK is delighted to announce that from Friday, April 6th to Saturday 12th May 2018 it will be presenting its first major exhibition ‘Jazz Now’.
This exciting project, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Southend Borough Council, will celebrate the continuing vitality of the jazz culture in Britain and beyond via exhibitions, live presentations, film and five live music events. Its aim is to encourage and inspire its visitors to re-explore all the genres of jazz which are available to the public in 2018. Our exhibition will provide direct routes to the personal enjoyment of jazz music which lie both within – and beyond – standard media outlets (including publications, radio, recordings and live venues). And within our Centre (situated at the Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS2 6EX) we will also be celebrating jazz music with an internationally-based series of presentations covering the entire inter-generational span of jazz activity.
These will include, as the exhibition progresses:
Exclusive Preview Concert, April 6th, 2pm-4pm: A selection of junior jazz graduates from Spike Robinson’s Jazz Academy – and their tutors – will present a ‘workshop afternoon’. All the money raised will go towards the Spike Robinson Scholarship Fund.
Exhibition opening event with live music, April 7th, 10am – 4:30pm: Concerts by young musicians including guitarist Harrison Dolphin – from the National Youth Orchestra Academy Quintet – with his Trio. FREE ADMISSION
Masterclass, April 14th, 11am – 4:30pm: A recital/masterclass by poll-winning trumpeter LAURA JURD and keyboardist/inventor Elliot Galvin. (For those who would like to join Laura in the master class element of her presentation, free of charge, there are limited spaces for which applicants will require a minimum of Grade 5 ability and above.To apply please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know which instrument you play. FREE ADMISSION
Ongoing: Weekly film presentations including documentaries on jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and Gil Evans along with contemporary Hollywood movies with a jazz theme. FREE ADMISSION
Ongoing: A presentation of contemporary jazz recording outlets including Hi4Head Label (Nick Hart) and FMR (Trevor Taylor). FREE ADMISSION
Seminar, April 28th, 12 midday: An illustrated lecture by BOB SINFIELD on the classic Scots trombonist GEORGE CHISHOLM on which copies of his Chisholm biography, ‘Gentleman of Jazz’ will be on sale.
Live music, April 28th, 2pm – 4pm: A recital by DARYL SHERMAN the multi-award winning US pianist/singer with DAVE GREEN (double-bass) – part of jazz impresario Susan May’s monthly season of live jazz presentations at the Jazz Centre UK.
Live music, May 5th, 2pm-4pm: A concert by ‘Elephant Talk’; the seven-piece band composed of 3rd year Guildhall students featuring original contemporary music in the jazz-funk mode. FREE ADMISSION
Live music and exhibition close, May 12th, 10am – 4:30pm: A concert by British jazz greats TREVOR WATTS and VERYAN WESTON featuring a showing of Watts’ ‘Hear Now’ DVD will be introduced by the director Mark French followed by music from their project ‘The Quantum Illusion’.
Admission for events range between £0 – £10.
Free admission to main exhibition running from April 6th – May 12th.
This exhibition will further cement the solid foundation of the Jazz Centre UK and future-proof its ability to contribute positively to the national/international jazz scene as well as adding a valuable new dimension to Southend’s appeal as a cultural destination.
Digby Fairweather (CEO the Jazz Centre UK) summarised in saying:
‘I am absolutely thrilled about this major new exhibition – the first of three to be presented under agreement with Heritage Lottery Fund. In my opinion it covers all the bases with which jazz should be involved – from the printed word to the music; from heritage to contemporary expression and (of course) the growing involvement of new generations of performers alongside their illustrious predecessors’.