JAZZ AT THE 100 CLUB PROJECT - COMING SOON
A HERITAGE FUND PROJECT AT THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
COMING SOON TO THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
As advertised in the 250th special edition of Jazzwise Magazine, we are soon launching an exciting new exhibition at our Jazz cultural centre in Southend-on-Sea, Essex telling the 70 year jazz heritage story of the famous 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street.
Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and highlighting the significant cultural contribution that jazz and grassroots music venues have and continue to provide to UK plc, Mark Kass and his team have brought together a two-year project that showcases jazz music, dance, fashion and an audio visual history of jazz linked by the “golden thread” that is the 100 Club.
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BE THE FIRST TO ORDER 'ACE OF CLUBS'
Register your interest in ordering The Jazz Centre UK's very first book 'Ace of Clubs' published by Brewin Books.
The National Lottery Heritage Fund's approved purposes for our project allowed us to present a full celebration of all the jazz activities that have taken place at the club over seven decades. To begin with we were able to interview a wide selection of people central to the club's history; musicians to begin with, but also employees, dancers, fans, staff and - very importantly - the prime-movers who helped the club to recover its finances during the past decade and win charitable status. The result of all these interviews was the publication of a fascinating book, 'Ace of Clubs'.
MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT
JAZZ AT THE 100 CLUB:
BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE
The Jazz Centre UK celebrates the work and role of the 100 Club in jazz history. We want to share its unique legacy and importance with a whole new generation of jazz musicians and audiences. This large project is funded by our second National Lottery Heritage Grant of £94,800 and started July 2019. Scroll down to see the expansive headings of our great project.
The 100 Club - based at 100 Oxford Street London - is one of the oldest continuously-running music venues in the world. So when, in 2019, the National Lottery Heritage Fund offered us the opportunity to conduct a project celebrating the club we were both delighted and excited! Opened in 1942 the club began as London's most famous jazz venue and, under various titles, continued as such showcasing hundreds of British and American jazz and blues stars for a total of seventy years. The rock boom of the 1960s however quickly and radically modified the club's booking policies to include regular appearances by The Kinks, The Who, the Rolling Stones and other now-legendary Rock icons, and later in the 1970s the club became a bauhaus for punk (the Sex Pistols were regular visitors), reggae and progressively grunge, grime and rap until today when the club has morphed into the most important grass-roots music venue in London. Most remarkably of all, in 2019, it was officially nominated (by the Ecclesiastic Insurance group) as one of the most important cultural venues in the UK (others included Jane Austen's home, Abbey Road Studios and Shakespeare's birthplace!). And therefore it was no surprise when the 100 Club was accorded full charitable status by Westminster City Council.