KEY HERITAGE EXHIBITS

ON DISPLAY AT THE JAZZ CENTRE UK

The Jazz Centre UK promotes, preserves and celebrates the culture of jazz. We hold rare and national heritage collections of some of the key musicians of British Jazz and around the world. Our jazz museum offers the chance to see a Louis Armstrong and Henri Selmer designed 'Special' trumpet; the collections of Humphrey Lyttelton and the first piano of Britain's first jazz Knight Sir John Dankworth.

BIX BEIDERBECKE

We are very excited to be able to represent the American cornettist, pianist and composer Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke within our heritage collection.

Bix Beiderbecke Memorabilia
Louis Armstrong Special Trumpet

LOUIS ARMSTRONG

See one of the trumpets designed by Louis Armstrong and Henri Selmer among a collection of photographs, books, memorabilia and information outlining Satchmo's great legacy.

SIR JOHN DANKWORTH

See the first piano of Britain's first 'Jazz Knight' Sir John Dankworth amongst a collection of memorabilia of the whole Dankworth family we have titled the 'Dankworth Dynasty' Collection.

Sir John Dankworth Piano
Dame Cleo Laine Memorabilia

DAME CLEO LAINE

We celebrate the extraordinary career of Dame Cleo Laine. Dame Cleo is a long-time supporter of The Jazz Centre UK and has kindly helped us with some of our acquisitions on display at the Centre.

HUMPHREY LYTTELTON

We hold the collection of Humphrey Lyttelton artefacts and memorabilia. Our expansive collection includes his writing desk, instruments, personal correspondence, music, books and awards.

Humphrey Lyttelton Desk
Jimmy Skidmore's Saxaphone.jpg

THE SKIDMORE COLLECTION

The Skidmore collection is a collection of items we have acquired via our long-term supporter and Saxophonist Alan Skidmore. The collection includes artefacts and memorabilia from the careers of Alan himself, his father Jimmy Skidmore and the famous Saxophonist and club-owner Ronnie Scott.

SPIKE ROBINSON

We have a collection of artefacts and memorabilia of the Jazz Saxophonist Henry Bertholf "Spike" Robinson. This collection was acquired from his widow Susan May-Robinson. Susan is a long-time supporter of The Jazz Centre UK and promotor of our 'Spike's Place' events.

Spike Robinson Photograph - Gary Frankli