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Ken Colyer’s Jazzmen “Sensation”

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day.

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Andrea Motis and Joan Chamorro CDs Reviewed by Paul Goddard

Andrea Motis, Joan Chamorro & Scott Hamilton

I consider myself fortunate to have had two CDs featuring Andrea Motis amongst my Christmas presents, and think them so good as to deserve to be better known,
hence this joint review.

Joan Chamorro and Andrea Motis ‘Feeling Good’

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“Sixty-five Years Listening to Jazz” (Just Jazz Magazine)

“Sixty-five Years Listening to Jazz” by Ted Griffin caught my eye in the March edition of
Just Jazz. Well worth a read and here are a few extracts.

Ottilie Patterson

“… I might have missed out on some visitors from across the Pond, but there was always the consolation of going to The Royal Festival Hall to hear … Chris Barber with Ottilie Patterson. I was not the only one to be amazed  that this petite, attractive, willow of a girl could produce such a magnificent blues voice, a voice, what was more, that carried such a depth of feeling. Seeing her from the cheapest seats where I sat, it was as if it were just a child upon the stage … to my mind, nobody on this side of the Atlantic has ever equalled Ottilie for the real blues … Bessie Smith in a double reincarnation.

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NJA Blue Plaques Mark UK’s Jazz Heritage

Based in Loughton Library in Essex, The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.

In 2011 the Archive received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and catalogue the collection with the focus on telling of the Story of British Jazz. As a result, many photographs, journals, documents and learning resources have been made available on the Archive’s website: .

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Noel McCalla and Derek Nash Live at Zedel, Sherwood Street, London

Enjoy an evening of jazz funk, fusion, soul and blues with Noel McCalla making his debut at Zedel with UK jazz saxophonist Derek Nash and his band at 

Crazy Coqs Cabaret Live at Zedel
20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED
Wednesday March 1st 2017 @ 9pm £20

Booking line: 020 7734 4888

Noel McCalla & Derek Nash

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INTRODUCING GENERATIONS IN JAZZ – Mt Gambier, South Australia: 5th-7th May 2017

Christine Burden messaged me via the Herne Bay & Herne Remembered Facebook Group: “There is a jazz festival in May at Mt Gambier, South Australia, organised by James Morrison, where 4600 school students take part for three days in a marquee holding 6500 people, called Generations In Jazz. My grandson plays the trombone, check out the website.”

Thank you Christine, quite a scoop for Jazz&Jazz. Very fitting too that it should come via the Herne Bay Facebook Group, because that’s where in my teens I first cut my teeth on jazz. Plus a good many Aussie Jazz Fans are followers of Jazz&Jazz and my Facebook Jazzers Group.

So it’s my pleasure to feature “Generations in Jazz” on Jazz&Jazz!
Quoting the Generations in Jazz Website: “Jazz music may have its roots in places like New Orleans and New York, but its influence reaches around the globe. Mount Gambier, in South Australia’s Limestone Coast, is Australia’s hot spot for this high-energy sound – largely thanks to a unique annual event called Generations in Jazz. This spectacular gathering on the outskirts of the city made famous for its Blue Lake not only attracts the jazz legends of today, but the bright stars of tomorrow, bringing together up to 4400 of Australia’s most talented musicians, along with a growing list of global artists.

“High school students from more than 100 schools around the nation compete in the Stage Band Awards, while individual Jazz and Vocal Scholarships are also highly coveted, helping to secure the musical destiny of individuals with enormous promise. And then there are the daily concerts – the sound inside the James Morrison big top pavilion, seating up to 6100 people in the middle of a paddock, is simply incredible!”

Be sure to explore the entire Generations in Jazz Website. It’s an inspiration! More of the same needed in the UK.

“What an inspiring environment! The energy of the students was something I’ve never experienced. Can’t wait to be part of Generations in Jazz again!”
Willie Murillo (trumpet), Big Phat Band

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Presenting The National Jazz Archive’s “Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project”

NJA Launch Event

‘Live music at reminiscence session’

JazzandJazz is honoured to accept recognition from The National Jazz Archive for services to jazz and to be invited to join them in the promulgation of all things jazz. What better place to start this joint venture than with their recently launched 

Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project

The National Jazz Archive is a registered charity based in Loughton Library in Essex. It was founded in 1988, and holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1919 to the present day.       


Project launch event.

Their Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project Archive is already half way through an ambitious 18-month programme which will expand the Archive’s holdings in collaboration with local and national organisations, with participation from community groups of all ages. The project is exploring how different generations have promoted, performed, supported, and documented our jazz heritage. It has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The future of jazz

The future …

The project is focussing on three areas in Essex close to the Archive’s base. In each location, using materials from the Archive and others supplied by local jazz clubs and the Chelmsford Museums service, the Archive team is engaging with members of Age UK / Age Concern activity centres, local jazz clubs, local youth groups and young jazz musicians to explore and discuss what music has meant and still means in their lives.

… of jazz!

… of jazz!

The generation that founded jazz clubs, learned to play jazz before there was any formal musical education in jazz, and who have donated their magazines, photographs and other material to the Archive are nearing their twilight years. Through interviewing and recording talks and discussions at intergenerational workshops in Age UK/Age Concern activity centres the project is logging and conserving the reminiscences of a generation of people who had to make considerable investment to access music. Music is a part of the workshops, including live music by both young and experienced musicians.

Interviews conducted by the University of Essex with older jazz musicians, club promoters and supporters are forming a permanent record of anecdotal jazz history. The project is working with the Black Cultural Archives to encourage participation from the older Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities, including local musicians associated with these communities. Loughton Youth Project is participating in and filming the sessions. Their members are being trained in media, broadcasting and interviewing skills.

Project Meeting

Project Meeting

The interviews and memories collected by the project will be made available on the Archive’s website and will contribute to an exhibition ‘Say it with Music’, celebrating the people and places that have shaped jazz music across the UK, at the Forum in Southend in May 2017.

The reminiscence project began in January 2016 supported by HLF funding of £83,300. It follows on from the very successful HLF-funded Story of British Jazz project that the National Jazz Archive completed in 2014, which resulted in storing and conserving more than 40,000 archive items (journals, photos, posters and programmes), cataloguing more than 4,300 books and 600 journals to series level along with personal and photo collections. Numerous journals, photos, posters and programmes were also scanned and digitised for direct access via a redesigned website.

The Archive’s Lottery Funded ‘Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project’, once completed, will make a invaluable contribution to the ‘Story of British Jazz’ made available via the Archive’s web site for future jazz researchers, musicians and equally important, jazz fans.

However, whether a musician, club owner, promoter or a regular fan, it’s the jazz and the wonderful experience of playing or listening and even dancing to the music they love that’s the vital element. Recognising this, the Archive, in partnership with three top jazz clubs in Essex, is hosting sessions of live music and dancing. Alongside will be displays of archive material from the Jazz Reminiscence Project, showing investment in jazz across the generations.

The first two gigs will feature the exciting Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra, directed by one of the country’s leading jazz musicians, Martin Hathaway, providing opportunities for musicians aged between 14 and 17 years who have a love for jazz.

The first EYJO outing is at the Colchester Jazz Club on Sunday 19 February, 7.45pm:  The second is programmed for the Hornchurch Jazz Club on Sunday 26 February, 8.30pm:
The third gig will feature the vibrant National Youth Jazz Collective which supports the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musician. They will perform at the Southend Jazz Club at 7.30pm on Monday, 27th February:

All three gigs are entrance free and all are welcome to come along to see and hear the future of UK Jazz. Further updates on the ‘Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project’ will be posted as the project progresses.

National Jazz Archive

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

(Photos © National Jazz Archive)

Jerry Šenfluk’s Capital Swing Quintet Swinging into the UK for a Two Week May/June Tour


Jerry Šenfluk & Capital Swing recapture all that was best in the
mid 40’s height of the Swing Era.

Capital Swing are Jerry, Martin Litton, Nils Solberg, John Rees Jones and Jack Cotterill. Together they will recapture the musical highlights of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, yet with their own twists from their vast experience of a wide range of styles. A truly international quintet and their music is hot.

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London’s Jazz Repertory Company Presents: JAZZ IN NEW YORK

The Jazz Repertory Company Presents


Part 2: The 1930s And 1940s – Swing To Be-Bop



Award Winning Big Band Orchestra Embark On
A Musical Journey Through History

Saturday 28th January 2017
Cadogan Hall, 5 Sloane Square, London, SW1X 9DQ

London’s ever popular Jazz Repertory Company, renowned for recreating key musical moments in the history of jazz, return to the spectacular surroundings of Chelsea’s Cadogan Hall with their brand new production ‘Jazz In New York: Part 2’.

Following on from their 2015 sell out show ‘Jazz In New York’, the follow up charts The Big Apple’s musical revolution from the 1930s into the 40s; a time when the Swing movement evolved into the exciting new sounds of Be-Bop.


Part 1 features the dynamic Echoes of Ellington Orchestra, winners of ‘Best Big Band’ at the 2016 British Jazz Awards. Led by the larger than life band leader and clarinettist Pete Long (Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra / Ronnie Scotts Big Band) and featuring the Jazz

Enrico Tomasso

Enrico Tomasso


Pete Long

Repertory Company’s star trumpeter Enrico Tomasso (best trumpeter award at the 2016 British Jazz Awards), the jazz orchestra will perform some of Duke Ellington’s greatest works from the 1930s, followed by some of the music of Ellington’s  famous “Blanton-Webster” band of the 40s. Swinging small band music from Artie Shaw’s Gramercy 5 (with the first ever use of jazz harpsichord) will also feature, as well as John Kirby’s Orchestra, whose intricate arrangements were on the cusp of the Be-Bop movement.  Another sensational highlight will be the astonishing sounds of Raymond Scott’s Quintette, whose massive selling records such as “Powerhouse” found a second life as soundtracks to Looney Tunes cartoons.


Charlie and Dizzy

Part 2 pays tribute to the unforgettable Minton’s Club jam sessions – the renowned hothouse and laboratory where Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk and drummer Kenny Clarke came forth to turn the world of jazz on its head.  The concert’s grand finale will arrive in the form of the Gillespiana Big Band performing “Showtime at the Apollo 1947”: an authentic recreation of how Dizzy Gillespie’s Orchestra would have been presented at the legendary Harlem Theatre at the height of the Be-Bop craze. The latest jazz mixed with the percussion-led rhythms of Cuba will be accompanied by dancers showing the latest moves developed to the new rhythms of the era.

Concert goers will be guided through this musical journey by the inimitable humour and erudition of band leader and Master of Ceremonies Pete Long, capturing the essence of this great era in his own unique way. The music is recreated with dazzling virtuosity by a mix of Jazz Repertory Company regulars alongside some of the hottest young players on the London jazz scene.

One of the first great popular jazz events in 2017, this spellbinding concert will dazzle both jazz aficionados and curious newcomers alike. An exclusive event and some of the Capital’s very best entertainment.


Contact Dynamic Agency for more information, including
interview and review ticket requests:
0203 305 8214 / 07769 554 247 

National Jazz Archive January Newsletter

Simon Spillett Quartet: 11 February
The Simon Spillett Quartet is playing a fund-raising concert for the National Jazz Archive on the afternoon of Saturday 11 February in Loughton, Essex.

Simon Spillett is a highly respected tenor saxophonist who plays in a wide range of groups, and leads his own quartet. He has researched and written extensively about the great British tenor sax player Tubby Hayes, including a widely praised biography ‘The Long Shadow of the Little Giant’. He has recently received the British Jazz Award for ‘Services to British Jazz’.

Simon’s all-star quartet features three other wonderful musicians – John Critchinson, piano, Alec Dankworth, double bass, and Clark Tracey, drums. Alec and Clark were also award winners in the 2016 British Jazz Awards in their respective categories. John Critchinson has had a distinguished career playing with leading jazz groups and now leads the Ronnie Scott Legacy band.

This concert is one of a series in 2017 to raise funds to support the Archive.

Simon said: “It’s a pleasure to bring my quartet to play at Loughton to help raise funds for the National Jazz Archive. It’s a wonderful resource for everyone interested in the history and development of jazz in this country.”

The concert is at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, and starts at 2.30pm (doors open 1.30pm). Tickets cost £15.

The Jazz Archive needs you…
We are looking for new trustees to join the board and to help manage the Archive. In particular, we are seeking trustees with experience of archives and collection management, volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising and IT.

Applicants will ideally have an understanding of archives, jazz and/or cultural heritage. You will have experience of team-working, an understanding of operational issues and a willingness to be hands-on to resolve challenges. Trustees usually meet four times a year, and take an active role in our subgroups and support NJA events and activities.

Full details can be downloaded here. Applications should be submitted by 10 February 2017.

NJA financial statement 
The report and financial statement for the National Jazz Archive for the year ended 31 March 2016 are now available upon request.

Gems from the Archive – Dave Shepherd
This gem celebrates the great jazz clarinettist, good friend and supporter of the Archive, Dave Shepherd, sad news of whose passing at the age of 87 has recently been announced.

Dave’s long, illustrious career was detailed in an article by Ray Crick in 2014. There were many high spots. In 1953 he began a long association with the great trumpet player Freddy Randall, and performed with his band over many years. He can be heard with Freddy on the CD issued by Fellside Recordings on the Lake label Freddie Randall – Before & After.

In 1958 he was in a group lead by Dill Jones on Norman Granz’ ‘Jazz at the Philharmonic’ tour, starring Roy Eldridge, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz, the Oscar Peterson Trio and Ella Fitzgerald. Dave was playing rightly alongside jazz royalty. The programme for the tour is  in the Archive and can be viewed here.

Dave was often billed as Britain’s answer to Benny Goodman. It was reported that Goodman himself once said: “He plays more like me than I do”. His performance with Teddy Wilson at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973 can be heard here: A Fellside recording with Teddy is available here.

More recently, Dave performed with his friend and founder of the Archive, Digby Fairweather, in a variety of line-ups. Digby described him as “the most polished jazz clarinettist of post-war Britain”.

In 2014, the Archive had the privilege of acknowledging Dave Shepherd’s contribution to jazz by arranging for a Blue Plaque to be placed on his family home in Walthamstow. In turn, Dave generously performed with his quintet at a benefit for the Archive – photos of the concert are here. On the day he proved that not only was he a magnificent clarinettist but a really nice guy too.

Images courtesy: Fellside Recordings Ltd, Mike Rose, National Jazz Archive, Ray Crick’s Jazz Profile: Copyright© Ray Crick September 2014

Say it with music – youth jazz sessions at Essex clubs
Youth jazz groups are playing at three clubs in Essex at the end of February, as part of the Archive’s HLF Inter-generational Jazz Reminiscence project. All are welcome to these free sessions.

The Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra, led by Martin Hathaway, is at ColchesterJazz Club on Sunday 19 February, and Hornchurch Jazz Club on Sunday 26 February.

The National Youth Jazz Collective, featuring the BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016, Alexandra Ridout, is at Southend Jazz Club on Monday 27 February.

There will also be the chance to see displays of archive material from the Project, showing how different generations have invested in and celebrated jazz.

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The photo of the Essex Youth Jazz Orchestra is by Roy Strutt (

Putting jazz & memories into print – 11 March
Join Ann Cotterrell from Northway Books as she shares insights and anecdotes to illustrate the joys and pitfalls of publishing. 
Ann has published a wide-ranging list of biographies, critical studies and jazz histories. The talk will focus on Northway’s experience as a small publisher, including advice for authors on approaching a publisher and self-publishing, linked to jazz but not exclusively on a jazz theme. The advice will include aspects of editing, design, production, distribution and new media.

The talk is at the Archive in Loughton Library, and forms part of the Essex Book Festival. It will be accompanied by a display from the National Jazz Archive’s extensive collections.

The event will be chaired by Nick Clarke, a trustee of the National Jazz Archive. Tickets cost £7, £5 (27yrs and under), and are available from the Festival box office, Mercury Theatre 01206 573948, or online.

The Essex Book Festival takes place throughout the county during March, with no fewer than 90 events at 45 venues, and 200 writers and artists!

Listening to jazz in the digital age
Save the date! 13 May
Stuart Nicholson will explore how we listen to music in general, and jazz in particular, in the new digital world, and how new technology is changing the experience. Stuart is an award-winning music journalist and author who has written seven books on jazz which have been translated into 13 languages. He is visiting professor at Leeds College of Music and a patron of the Archive.

His talk will be in the Archive in Loughton Library, beginning at 2.30pm, price £5. Booking details will be available soon.

It forms part of the Loughton Festival. The entire festival is organised by volunteers and this year the events will be used to raise money for Loughton Youth Project and Essex Air Ambulance.

The photo of Stuart Nicholson is by Jan Granlie.

30 years of Jazz Heritage in Wales
Read about another successful year for Jazz Heritage Wales and their exhibition ‘How jazz came to Wales’ at Swansea Museum, with over 44,000 visitors. The annual report looks back at the 30 year history of the organisation and a terrific range of activities over the past year.
Read more about Jazz Heritage Wales here.

Sell your vinyl and CDs & support NJA 
Are your beloved vinyl records and CDs just collecting dust? Have you replaced all those treasured tracks with MP3 downloads?

Read more about how your record collection can benefit the work and continued development of the Archive.

Since 2007, Rabbit Records has been working with the National Jazz Archive to help people to donate or dispose of their collections of vinyl records and CDs.
Rabbit Records are happy to discuss and handle collections both large and small, ranging from a couple of boxes up to major collections. Arrangements may be made for a personal collection service from your home or office.

To discuss your requirements simply contact Scott Nicol at Rabbit Records on 07710 794896 or e-mail

Websites you may have missed – National Youth Jazz Collective
The National Youth Jazz Collective is a vibrant National Youth Music Organisation that supports the creative and educational needs of the young jazz musician. NYJC focuses on small group improvisation and creates a pathway of progression designed to support young jazz musicians from beginner to emerging professionals.

NYJC runs an annual summer school. The final concert features groups of young musicians playing sets before an appreciative audience. Videos of five sets at the concert can all be viewed via the NYJC website – the future of our music is in good hands!

The National Jazz Archive was founded by trumpeter Digby Fairweather in 1988 and is supported by Essex County Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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