National Jazz Archive workers outline plans for the coming year (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Loughton National Jazz Archive workers outline plans for the coming year
Enthusiasts at the archive of the nation’s jazz history are planning the year ahead.
The archive, which is based at Loughton Library in Traps Hill, contains magazines from through the years, tickets to historic gigs and footage of legendary jams.
After receiving a £350,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund last year, workers at the archive are planning to put some of this material on its new website.
The archive’s founder, Digby Fairweather, said: “Things like the contents of magazines and periodicals which are in the archive at the moment will go online.
“There are a lot of British and American magazines which are of great importance.”
He also plans to have a plaque on the home of the late saxophonist Sir John Dankworth replaced, with the help of the district council.
He said: “The blue plaque was incorrect – it had mistakes like they’d spelt saxophonist wrong and other things as well.
“So the archive got in touch with the district council and we’re having it reinstalled this year.”
The archive hosted a talk with American jazz singer and pianist Buddy Greco at the Methodist Church in the High Road in November and is planning a series of lectures in April and May.
Mr Fairweather said: “We have a lot of plans and we’re looking for another superstar guest to come and talk to us later in the year.”
Anyone interested in the archive can call 020 8502 4701 or visit nationaljazzarchive.org.uk.
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