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Saturday 18th September @ 2pm

Jazz Charity and the UK’s only cultural centre for jazz, The Jazz Centre UK throws open its doors at last on Saturday 18th September 2021 to the phenomenal musical sounds of live Dixieland jazz at its finest as it hosts a specially created quartet of some of the UK’s finest trad jazz musicians led by local clarinetist and pianist, Tim Huskisson.

The Jazz Centre UK re-opens under the direction of its new CEO Mark Kass, following 18 months of pandemic closure, a flood and a total re-think of its exhibitions and its arts and cultural offer.

Kass, his Board of Trustees and all its volunteers are keen for The Jazz Centre UK to showcase jazz in all its forms from its revamped home in the Beecroft Art Gallery in Victoria Avenue, Southend.

“For our first public offering, The Jazz Centre UK’s return to live music just has to open with a bang!” says Kass “and we’re determined to showcase our local talent too, so it was a no brainer that we asked local jazz man, Tim - who’s from, Rochford – to work with us.

Keen to widen jazz audiences, Kass continues” Watching live jazz often shatters preconceptions of this incredibly diverse music, so this gig is an absolute must one for every one of all ages and all backgrounds !”.

According to The Jazz Centre UK Vice Chairman and local jazz poet & trad jazz promoter Adrian Green, Huskisson was inspired by hearing Jazz on 78 rpm records as a child, “Tim taught himself piano, took some clarinet lessons aged nine and was playing in local Jazz bands by his late teens” says Adrian. “He spent much of his early career as a Keyboardist/Musical Director in popular music and entertainment, working for six years with the entertainer Brian Conley and touring Europe with the Rocky Horror Show. For this gig, he has pulled together an incredible quartet for us consisting of Mike “Magic” Henry (Trumpet & long-term member of the Big Chris Barber Band ), renowned guitarist Nils Solberg (ex- Nigel Kennedy & Brian Ferry), and world-class bassman Roger Curphey (Dick Morrisey & Ronnie Scott).

Huskisson himself is a leading, nationally recognised Dixieland-Jazz clarinetist. He has played with countless famous and infamous musicians including George Melly, Kenny Ball, George Chisholm and The Jazz Centre UK’s very own Founder, Digby Fairweather and he continues to be one of the busiest musicians on the UK Jazz Club circuit today.

The fundraising gig will take place at 2pm on Saturday 18th September at the Beecroft Gallery in Southend’s Victoria Avenue, with tickets for reserved seats available online at only £10 per person from

All proceeds go to help The Jazz Centre UK deliver its own charitable objectives, namely, to preserve, promote & celebrate the art of jazz in all its forms across Southend….and beyond!

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