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Updated: Jun 18, 2022

It’s been a crazy, busy few weeks since my last post so huge apologies for radio silence but I can assure you I have some great news to share!

Two more amazing jazz luminaries have just agreed to become Patrons of The Jazz Centre UK!

This time last year we invited Zoe Rahman, Jamie Cullum and Chris Philips to become advocates of our work

and following an intense year of further developing our “cunning plan”, I am really pleased to announce that Jazzwise Editor-in-Chief, Jon Newey and international multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, jazz educator and social historian Orphy Robinson MBE have agreed to join our roster of illustrious ambassadors.

Emphasising the diversity & inclusivity of the music, the audiences we build and our own governance as a charity, both Jon and Orphy are totally behind us.

"I would like to formally accept patronage of the Jazz Centre UK", says Orphy.
"Through this generous opportunity, I hope to play my part in working with the UK Jazz community and the Jazz centre to preserve the unique characteristics of the music, stories, histories and legacy on this side of the Atlantic for the future"

John is equally supportive:

“This is an exciting time for the Jazz Centre UK under your leadership” wrote Jon in his confirmation note and goes on to say “I would like to see the centre build upon the ethnic and gender diversity of the patrons, truly reflecting jazz in all its forms, as well as a greater representation of jazz of the last 50 years in what is already an interesting and educational standing exhibition”

These appointments represent another important milestone in developing The Jazz Centre UK as a national charity and all my fellow Trustees and I are extremely excited to be working not only be working with Jon and Orphy but will ALL our Patrons in helping us tell the world just how valuable jazz is historically, contemporaneously, and of course long, long into the future!

Thanks from all of us here at The Jazz Centre UK…your support and patronage is INVALUABLE!

Mark Kass


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