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Help Educate Children, Build Schools and Empower Communities - All Star Jazz Fundraiser

On the 8th October The Jazz Centre UK presents an all-star line-up to raise funds for Softpower Education (SPE) Charity. SPE is a British registered charity and Ugandan NGO, which has been working in Uganda since 1999.

Softpower are a small, grassroots organisation dependent on the generosity of thousands of supporters across the world. All funds to Softpower Education and their Uganda orphan schools project.

Its mission is “To improve the quality of life through education.”

Softpower's dedicated team focuses on 3 key areas:

  • Alternative Education; we offer high-quality, free of charge, pre-school education to the most disadvantaged children.

  • School Infrastructure Development; we ensure that children are learning in safe and inspiring learning environments through infrastructure upgrades.

  • Livelihoods; we empower communities through inclusive and diverse educational initiatives and increase opportunities to be engaged in practical, sustainable intervention


Live Jazz Concert: 'From Dixieland to Swing'

AN ALL-STAR LINE-UP INCLUDING Digby Fairweather - trumpet, Karen Sharp - tenor sax, Julian Marc Stringle - clarinet, Ian Bateman - trombone, Dave Green - bass, Craig Milverton - piano, George Double - drums

Time & Location

08 Oct, 14:00 – 16:00

Southend-on-Sea, The Jazz Centre UK

More about the musicians:

Julian Marc Stringle

Julian took up the clarinet at 12 and made his TV debut a year later on ‘Opportunity Knocks’ with clarinet star ‘Mr’ Acker Bilk’. Now recognised as Britain’s best (and best-loved) clarinettist he has worked with everyone from Meatloaf and The Spice Girls to Sir John Dankworth, and currently leads his poll topping ‘Dream Band’.

Digby Fairweather

In 2021 Digby completed his fiftieth year in professional jazz, received his Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Services to Jazz’ and is currently completing his latest album ‘Notes from a Jazz Life’ due out in October 2022.

Karen Sharp

Karen Sharp began her professional career with the late Humphrey Lyttelton’s band but rapidly built an international reputation as a solo performer. Currently she tours with her quartet featuring Nikki Iles, Dave Green, and Steve Brown which celebrates its twelfth anniversary in 2022

Craig Milverton

British Jazz Award-winner Craig MIlverton began his career ‘down west’ in the Exeter area (where he still lives) but soon established a UK-wide fan-following as a pianist in tune with every style from classic to contemporary and an enviable solo discography which covers artists as stylistically diverse as Fats Waller and Tadd Dameron. Today he re-unites with Digby Fairweather in whose ‘Half Dozen’ he has played for the last twenty-four years.

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