A CENTRAL RESOURCE FOR JAZZ
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.
One of our founding aims was to provide a research centre and enquiry service for jazz in collaboration with the National Jazz Archive, Loughton. 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.
We are a unique resource for all and our volunteers are on hand to help you find anything you are looking for.
We also sell duplicate copies of our stocks at very reasonable prices. Visit our on-site shop to see what we have in stock.
Explore a huge collection of jazz from its start to the present day on everything from 78 to vinyl, CD, tape, video, books, periodicals, letters, pictures and rare heritage artefacts.
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 have heritage collections of Louis Armstrong, Humphrey Lyttelton, Sir John Dankworth, Spike Robinson and more. Please visit our Heritage Centre page to find out more about these artefacts and documents.
SHEILA TRACY 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!
Tracy was a prominent TV presenter until l974 when she became the first female newsreader on BBC Radio 4. However, her principal role was as the long-time presenter of ‘Big Band Special’ on BBC Radio 2 and she also published two books ‘Bands, booze and broads’ and ‘Talking Swing’ drawn from interviews with American and British jazz musicians. Shortly after her death in 2014, The BBC Big Band published an appreciation on Tracy which is really worth a read - read here.