Featuring The National Jazz Archive’s December Newsletter

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National Jazz Archive
for featuring Jazz&Jazz in this edition.

Peter M Butler
Editor & Proprietor Jazz&Jazz

Latest news from the National Jazz Archive
Welcome to our December 2016 Newsletter
Season’s greetings
Season’s greetings to all our readers and best wishes for a jazz-filled 2017! 

The Archive will close on 23 December and reopen on Wednesday 5 January.

You can read the whole of the December 1961 issue of Jazz News above HERE.

Thank you!
Thanks to Jan Chadwick for this great picture of the band led by her father, Freddie Brinklow, in one of their comedy music routines, probably from a Butlin’s season in the early 1960s. Can you help identify the musicians?

Crescendo’s overview of radio broadcasts featuring Freddie’s band in December 1963 can be read HERE.

Thanks especially to Roy Johnson for donating a large number of Marler Haley display panels to the Archive – these will be ideal for use at concerts, festivals, and public events.

John Chilton’s papers
The Archive has been given a wonderfully rich collection of papers, letters, photos, cuttings and programmes belonging to John Chilton, who died in February. (The warm obituary by Peter Vacher in The Guardian is HERE.) The papers and files were donated by John’s son Martin, and have now been assessed and listed.

As well as being a fine trumpeter and bandleader, John was a highly regarded jazz researcher and writer. He wrote biographies of Louis Armstrong, Bill Coleman, Louis Jordan, Red Allen, Roy Eldridge, Sidney Bechet, Bob Crosby and Coleman Hawkins, and a series of major reference books about musicians in the US and UK.

A small group spent a fascinating morning a few weeks ago sorting through and listing the files. It is hoped that these can fully catalogued in due course, to make them accessible to researchers.

HERE is a fascinating interview with John about his biography of Roy Eldridge.

The photo above shows David Nathan (left) and Roger Cotterrell with John’s papers.

What happened, Miss Simone?
Many thanks to publishers Canongate for donating a copy of Alan Light’s new biography of Nina Simone to the Archive. Endorsed and supported by Simone’s estate, the book combines material gathered from archival footage and interviews with her family and friends.

The book will be BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week in April 2017: if you can’t wait till then, you can read an extract HERE.

Websites you may have missed – Jazz&Jazz
jazzandjazz.com is dedicated to promoting jazz and more jazz for jazz bands, jazz musicians and jazz fans. Our aim is to raise the profile of jazz and to develop a sounding board for jazz by inviting bands, musicians and fans to share news and views about the jazz scene.”

The site is run and regularly updated by Peter Butler. It covers a great range of jazz topics, mainly featuring more traditional music, and also Peter’s paintings. He kindly recirculates the Archive’s monthly newsletter to his readers – thank you Peter!

Gems from the Archive – Duke Ellington in the UK
“London was the first city we went to on the other side of the Atlantic”, Duke Ellington wrote in his autobiography, “and we could not have had a better steppingstone to Europe”. On his first visit in 1933, London made a big impression on him, just as he and his band did on London.

But with World War II and a protracted squabble between the British and American musicians’ unions, they didn’t return for a quarter of a century.

In the 1960s he composed three Sacred Concerts, performing them in many churches and cathedrals, including Coventry and Cambridge. The premiere of the first in 1965 can be viewed HERE. The third was premiered in Westminster Abbey in 1973, just six months before his death. Les Tomkins’ interview with Duke about the Third Sacred Concert can be read on the Archive website HERE.

The Archive contains a vast amount of information about Ellington and his visits to the UK. Of special interest are the concert programmes which date from the first in 1933 up to his last in 1973. Many of the programmes held by the Archive may be viewed HERE.

The Duke and his orchestra created many memories for UK jazz fans on their visits. HERE are just a few.

Catch up on the past year
The National Jazz Archive held an Annual General Meeting, the first for some years, at the Archive in Loughton on 12 December. The draft minutes, including the chairman’s report on the year, can be viewed HERE.

It was a great opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their work over the past eventful year.

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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