Preview: Jazz Now at Jazz Centre UK

The Jazz Centre UK in Southend has announced its first major exhibition, Jazz Now, devoted to promoting the UK's contemporary jazz scene

The exhibition will run from 6 April to 12 May and, according to the centre, will promote "jazz in all its forms that you can listen to now". Alongside the exhibition will be a series of events and live performances.

Jazz Now is the first in a series of three exhibitions planned by the centre and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Southend Borough Council. The exhibition will be open (with free admission) from 6 April to 12 May, with a preview concert from students and tutors of the Spike Robinson Jazz Academy getting things under way on the afternoon of 6 April. The exhibition's official opening takes place on the next day, with a series of performances from young musicians between 10.00 and 4.30.

Three other live concerts are also programmed: a recital from American singer/pianist Daryl Sherman and bassist Dave Green on 28 April, a concert from jazz-funk seven-piece Elephant Talk on 5 May and a closing day concert by Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston. Other events include weekly film screenings and presentations from contemporary jazz recording outlets. Author and George Chisholm biographer Bob Sinfield will present an illustrated lecture on the trombonist and entertainer on 28 April. Trumpeter Laura Jurd (pictured above right by Trish Keogh Hodgett) will give a recital with keyboard player Elliot Galvin on 14 April. On the same day she will lead a masterclass, open to a small number of musicians who have achieved Grade 5 or above on their chosen instruments.

For further information about the exhibition and related events (including ticket bookings) please go to the Jazz Centre UK website. Musicians interested in joining Laura Jurd's masterclass should enquire by email to Jazz Centre UK.

Bruce Lindsay

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