Jazz Heritage Wales Annual Review 2016

Jazz Heritage Wales is based at Swansea Metropolitan University’s Library at Townhill Campus. Founded in 1986 by pianist and historian Jen Wilson, they became a registered charity in 1998.Jazz Heritage Wales celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a Gala Evening attended…

All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

In December 2016 Chris was appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to act as their Secretariat. The Secretariat team is Chris and Sarah Pellew and details can be found at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group

Will Michael Jazz Education Awards 2016

I have just received details of the Will Michael Jazz Education Awards for 2016. The Will Michael Jazz Education Awards Panel is  chaired by Ivor Widdison. His colleagues on the Panel are Dr Catherine Tackley, Bill Martin, Andrea Vicari and Richard Michael.  The…

Response to the Culture White Paper

On the 2nd April I wrote to the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. My letter is printed below. “Dear Mr Whittingdale Re: The Culture White Paper I read the Culture White Paper and I have a number…

John Evans 1934 – 2015

John Evans 1934 – 2015 John Evans 1934 – 2015   John was born July 21st 1934 in Cardiff. He started playing clarinet at 15.  With his first band rehearsals took place in his front room at home, when their…

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…