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The Day Jazz came to Town 
Sunday 7th February 2016

Saturday saw the opening of the National Jazz Archive in Southend. The leading light being Digby Fairweather the well known jazz musician. The morning started with conducted tours of the research collections and museum exhibits, including the trumpets of Louis Armstrong, Nat Gonella and Humphrey Lyttelton, extensive papers from Humphrey Lyttelton, and Sir John Dankworth’s first piano. Music was played all of the day – including a live session headed by tenor saxophonist Simon Spillett, Simon hosted the showing of the new DVD about the great saxophonist Tubby Hayes ‘A Man in a Hurry’.

The National Jazz Archive (Southend) will be open to the public from 10am to 4.30pm on Saturdays. Planned features in the future include:

• A research collection of books and periodicals

• Supporting collections of recorded jazz and interviews with jazz musicians

• Facilities for internet research and liaison with the Archive’s headquarters at Loughton, Essex

• Travelling and in-house exhibitions of jazz, art and artefacts

• Displays of instruments and jazz memorabilia

 
 
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