An Unholy Row – Jazz in Britain and its Audience 1945 – 1960. Dave Gelly. Published by Equinox

Joshua Reynolds when he returned from his painter’s apprenticeship in Rome picked up a copy of Samuel Johnson’s biography of Richard Savage and read it “while he was standing with his arm leaning against a chimney-piece. It seized his attention…

Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights

On the 10th of September I attended a performance of City Lights at the Cadogan Hall sponsored by Citi and organised by Edicis. The event was to celebrate 125 years of British film. City Lights is Charlie Chaplin’s silent masterpiece…

A review of The Knowledge. Jazz by John Fordham

The Knowledge. Jazz by John Fordham was published by Quadrille on the 2nd July and is priced at £10. The book is one of a series of information-led pocket guides with the purpose of introducing a range of subjects ranging…

National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Chamber Choir of Great Britain at Southwark Cathedral July 1st 2015

In the glorious surroundings of Southwark Cathedral the politicians  nonsense of broken Britain was kicked firmly in the seat of the pants and into the Thames. The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Choir of Great Britain ably…

Arts Council England’s “Ambition for Excellence Fund” and a twenty five year vision

In the Guardian on the 28th May 2015 “Arts Council boss promises more of a two way street”. The new CEO of the Arts Council Darren Henley was at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards at the House of Commons on the…

Congratulations to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrating fifty years

An excellent article in June’s edition of Jazzwise by Andy Robson. NYJO are celebrating fifty years. They used to say life begins at forty but in this case,  life roars ahead at fifty. Congratulations to Bill Ashton, Nigel Tully, Jack…

Arts Council England – A policy for the support of jazz in England – Published 1996

The Arts Council published a policy for the support of jazz in 1996 and then 4 years later it was dropped in favour – as I recall – of “the bigger picture”. Needless to say no real resources had been…

Jazz In Issue 29 Oct-Dec 1993 Arts Council Review of Jazz

In 1993 the Arts Council announced they were conducting a review of jazz. Jazz In , the precursor to Jazz UK published an editorial on the review. Reading the editorial will engender a profound sense of deja vu. Please see Arts…

Public investment in jazz – or the lack of it

I have just completed a paper on “Public investment of jazz – a coherent policy for jazz, changing demographics, live music and coping with the increasing supply of jazz musicians”. This paper examines: A level playing field for jazz The…

My latest enquiries at the Arts Council

Firstly the Arts Council’s magazine Create – vanity publishing in an age of austerity. I looked into the Arts Council’s publication of their magazine “Create”. “The publication cost £16,999 to commission the essays. Nineteen contributors in all, of which only…