NJA Exhibition: Say it with Music! Celebrating the People and Places Involved in Shaping Jazz

This exhibition – “Say it with Music” – will be held at The Forum, Southend from the
5th – 29th May as the culmination of the National Jazz Archive Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

NJA Reminiscence Project Meeting

It explores how different generations have promoted, performed, supported, and documented our jazz heritage. Visitors will be able to relate interviews and memories recorded throughout the project to their own experiences of discovering music, illustrating the investment that people of different ages and backgrounds have made to British musical heritage.

The exhibition showcases an 18-month programme of events, workshops and interviews, collaboration between local and national organisations, the participation of community groups of all ages along with jazz professionals. Original photos, posters and magazines from the Archive will be on display.

NJA Launch Event

The 18-month Project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by the National Jazz Archive in collaboration with numerous partners, including the University of Essex and the Loughton Youth Project. It has focused on three areas in Essex close to the Archive’s base in Loughton, and one in Brixton. In each location, using materials from the Archive and supplied by local jazz clubs and The Chelmsford Museums Service, the archive team has engaged with members of Age UK and 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 peoples lives.

The exhibition will provide a fascinating experience for lovers of jazz and popular music of all ages.

It runs from 5th to 29th May, 2017, at the The Forum Southend, Elmer Square,
Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1NS. It will be open Monday to Friday, 8am to 10pm,
Saturday (8am to 6pm) and Sunday (11am to 5pm). Entry is free.

Members of the project team will be at The Forum on Saturdays while the exhibition is running and will be delighted to hear visitors’ own experiences and stories.

The Forum is just off Southend High Street, easily reached by public transport. Car parking is available nearby – for more information visit www.theforumsouthend.co.uk.

For media enquiries contact: Nick Clarke 020 8502 4701 [email protected]

National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1HD

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For background information, posted earlier on Jazz&Jazz:
“Presenting The National Jazz Archive’s “Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence Project”

Additional Feature: Listening to Jazz in the Digital Age

Award-winning writer Stuart Nicholson explores the new digital world of listening to jazz.

Stuart Nicholson, award-winning music journalist and author, 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, in a talk at the National Jazz Archive in Loughton Library on Saturday 13 May 2017 at 2.30pm.

Stuart has written eight books on jazz, which have been translated into 13 languages. He is Visiting Professor at Leeds College of Music. His latest book Jazz: A Beginner’s Guide, a lively and accessible introduction to the global musical phenomenon, has just been published by
Oneworld Publications.

The talk is part of the Loughton Festival of Heritage, Literature, Arts & Culture, which runs from
29 April to 30 May. The Festival features exhibitions, walks, talks, concerts, films, competitions, courses, and more. Visit www.loughtonfestival.org for details.

The talk will be at the National Jazz Archive, Loughton Library, Traps Hill, Loughton,
Essex IG10 1HD. There is parking close by and good access by bus. Loughton station on the London Underground Central Line is approximately 10 minutes’ walk away.

Tickets cost £5 and are available in advance from 020 8502 4701 or on the door. For further information visit www.nationaljazzarchive.org.uk or email [email protected]

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