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Associations:

The Jazz Centre (UK), Beecroft Art Gallery, Victoria Ave, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6EX, UK

 

Registered Charity

Charity No: 1167421

Opening Times

Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 16:30

Phone: +44 1702 215169

Email: enquiries@thejazzcentreuk.co.uk

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 RESEARCH CENTRE 

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.

OUR STAFF

Our trustees and volunteers are very passionate about jazz music. Some are very experienced jazz musicians. Our volunteers are on-hand to help you answer any questions you may have.

MEET THE TEAM

COMFORTABLE

We have a very accommodating study space at The Jazz Centre UK including affordable coffee/tea; desks, sofas and seated areas.

EVENTS

We have talks, workshops and lectures centred around jazz history, notable jazz icons, our collections and more. View our events page to see what is coming up.

UPCOMING EVENTS

WIFI

 We have computing facilities and WIFI at The jazz Centre UK to aid you with your research. Just ask one of our volunteers and they will be able to help you get set up.

RESEARCH COLLECTIONS

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.

 

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.

 

Discover more about our media collections and other collections at our centre on our resources page or via the links below:

MORE ABOUT...

HERITAGE CENTRE

Our Heritage Centre includes unmissable items such as Louis Armstrong's Trumpet, The National Humphrey Lyttelton Collection and more...

MEDIA CENTRE

Our Media Centre is the home to our 6500 jazz vinyl records, rare audio recordings, movies, lectures and workshops.

SHOP

We sell Vinyl, CDs and more within our shop at The Jazz Centre UK

MEET THE TEAM

Meet the team of hard working Trustees and Volunteers that put this project together.