JAZZ AT THE 100 CLUB
JAZZ AT THE 100 CLUB
A HERITAGE FUND PROJECT AT THE JAZZ CENTRE UK
JAZZ AT THE 100 CLUB:
BRINGING HISTORY TO LIFE
We are celebrating the work and role of the 100 Club in jazz history by bringing it to life here at The Jazz Centre UK, in Southend. 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 Heritage Lottery Grant of £94,800 and runs from July 2019 and February 2021. Scroll down to see the expansive headings of our great project.
This project consists of many different events and ventures spread over its 20 months. Join our mailing list, follow us on social media or keep a close eye on our events list to stay up to date with our upcoming activities.
DIGBY FAIRWEATHER AT THE 100 CLUB
DIGBY FAIRWEATHER SAYS:
This is our second HLF grant and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate, to recreate – and help set down in history – the great venue which undoubtedly is the oldest jazz club in the world. The span of musicians who played the club: everybody in every style from Sonny Boy Williamson to Clark Terry as well as all our greatest British musicians from Ken Colyer to Courtney Pine - played some of their finest music down in that historic basement. We can’t wait to get started.
WHAT DOES OUR PROJECT INVOLVE?
FREE ONLINE WORKSHOPS
Between May and June 2020 we presented a series of free online Jazz lessons funded by the Heritage Lottery grant. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were unable to host the set of workshops at our Centre and instead, we hosted the workshops sessions on Zoom. This action made the workshops more accessible and gave musicians needed support through the lockdown period.
Each session lasted 1.5 hours and hosted on Zoom and were open to musicians of all levels. Tutors included Alan Barnes, Mick Foster, Steve Waterman, John Seeley, Geoff Gascoyne and Bob Mintzer. Tutors were organised and the zoom sessions were hosted by Essex Easter Jazz.
INTERVIEW WITH TOM SMITH
As part of our current National Lottery Heritage Fund project, The Jazz Centre UK has been asked to research the issue of ‘Breaking Barriers’ and the challenges presented to musicians in terms of gender, race, LGBTQ and others. In this interview, I talk to the brilliant young saxophonist Tom Smith, a graduate of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra who was featured on the BBC Young Musician of the Year Jazz Award 2014 and 2016. Tom is homosexual and amid a variety of musical enterprising projects runs his ‘Queertet’. In our discussion, we talk about his personal mission and more of the barriers mentioned above.
Another great event we held for this project is a series of 'Jam Sessions'. In these sessions, musicians bring along their instruments to play alongside professionals.
Please see the small photo gallery showing the 'jam' held with Pete Long and Digby Fairweather. This session had participants with ages ranging from 21 - 92, with young beginners, musicians from NYJO, semi-professional and professional musicians.