THE JAZZ CENTRE UK LIBRARY

RESEARCH, LEARN, LISTEN, WATCH, ENJOY

Alongside the National Jazz Archive (NJA) in Loughton, we are a rare resource in Britain. Within our Jazz Library you are able to explore a huge collection from beginnings of Jazz to the present day on everything from 78 to vinyl, CD, tape, video, books, periodicals, letters, pictures and rare heritage artefacts.  

One of our founding aims was to provide a 'Research Centre' and enquiry service for jazz in collaboration with the NJA. Since 2016, we have exceeded our aims and expanded year-on-year archiving new and rare collections from The 100 Club, Peter Vacher, Humphrey Lyttelton and more.

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Research Centre

RESEARCH CENTRE

Are you a student, teacher, researcher or jazz enthusiast? We invite you to make use of our collections and resources within our Research Centre; the collective name for our archived materials and resources available to the public.

Our research collections house over 160 English language titles dating back to a 1927 issue of Melody Maker. There are large collections of all the wide circulation music magazines of the 20th century: American magazines Downbeat (from 1938 to 2012) and Mississippi Rag from 1973 to 2005; UK titles such as Melody Maker (1927 to 1960), Jazz Journal (1948 to date), and Crescendo (1962 to 2009); and the Canadian magazine, Coda (1958 to 2008).

 

We also have heritage collections of Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Lyttelton, Sir John Dankworth, Spike Robinson and many more on display within our on-site Museum.

MEDIA CENTRE

Our 'Media Centre' is the collective name for our vast audio and visual collections available to the public. Jazz enthusiast heaven with a collection of over 7000 jazz vinyl records, a CD collection, digital resources and the audio and video equipment necessary to access our library of digital and analogue jazz recordings. We also have rare audio formats within our heritage collections including tape, 16" WW2 transcription disks and wax cylinders. 

 

Our volunteers are currently working hard to help catalogue the collection digitally so, you can get a taste of what we have at the centre. View our resources section to take a look through what we have catalogued so far. 

 

We also have Vinyl players set up with headphones for private listening or musicians who wish to sit and transcribe. The smaller vinyl players are USB connectable so students can transfer the audio from vinyl onto a laptop for private research if they wish.

Media Centre
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LIBRARY EVENTS - TALKS, WORKSHOPS & LECTURES

The Media Centre is one of our key venues for hosting book launches, talks, clubs, workshops and lectures. We bring in weekly crowds for our community-driven activities centred around music and film.

 

Our past events have included book launches, talks on personal recounts of jazz history, documentary launches and studies of jazz history.

ONLINE RESOURCES

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SHEILA TRACY INTERVIEW COLLECTION

The Jazz Centre UK is proud that it has acquired the rights to the complete catalogue of unedited interviews by jazz broadcaster (and former trombonist) Sheila Tracy. You can listen to the entire collection online or in our centre!

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NETWORKING

Join the online community of Jazz Musicians. We have some great recommendations as well as online networks of our own.

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COLLECTIONS

We have heritage, memorabilia and art collections on display within our Museum in Southend-on-Sea Essex. See our virtual tour to explore our Museum collections online.