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Mon, 06 May


The Jazz Centre UK

Kay Whittaker - The All that’s Jazz Collection

We are proud to present a permanent exhibition ‘All That’s Jazz” collection of Kay Whittaker. Kay – who has agreed to join The Jazz Centre UK as our artist-in-residence – began her professional career in the 1980s, specialising in figurative paintings of jazz musicians and performers.

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Kay Whittaker - The All that’s Jazz Collection
Kay Whittaker - The All that’s Jazz Collection

Time & Location

06 May 2019, 10:00

The Jazz Centre UK, The Jazz Centre UK, Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, UK

About the Event

This exhibition is admission free, although donations to support The Jazz Centre UK are welcome.

Kay Whittaker is a professional artist with a passion for life - and a talent to match - with a constant need to travel. Since their return from a recent trip abroad I’ve had long chats with Kay. This is her story.

Kay was born in Southport Lancashire in the 1950s, where her parents, Stanley and Jessie, had moved to from Rochdale. They bought a large, and rather ramshackle seafront hotel called ‘The Franklin’; it was a bit like the Adams family house, complete with a tower.

“My father had been in the RAF Band playing saxophone along with his friend Sid Lawrence. After the war they created their own Jazz bands, Sid Lawrence became a tad more famous! Probably because Stanley concentrated on his hotel, and a travel agency, organising coach tours here and in Ireland.”

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