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This section includes articles, interviews and biographies relating to professional and amateur musicians. It also includes reminiscence interviews with various community groups reflecting on their diverse investments in music. Some have been created during the NJA's IJR Project. Other entries are from the Jazz Professional website, now managed by the National Jazz Archive.
Graham Langley
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Graham Langley combined his three passions: collecting, books, and jazz, when he built the British Institute of Jazz Studies. The collections were unrivalled in the UK, spanning from 1965 until the National Jazz Archive's conception in '88. Providing…

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Guy Miles
Wednesday 28th June 2017

For Guy Miles, initial interest in jazz music was sparked by swing music, popular in Fred Astaire films on BBC2, which he watched with his father on Sunday afternoons. Guy played trumpet locally with many jazz bands, as well as…

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Jackie Free
Wednesday 28th June 2017

From early experience playing euphonium in a competitive boys' brigade brass band, and with a teenage introduction to jazz records, Jackie Free made a clear decision to become a ‘jazz player’, and made his name as a celebrated…

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John Whitehead
Wednesday 28th June 2017

From learning harmonica for a skiffle group during the school commute, Hornchurch-born John Whitehead went on to form the Frog Island Jazz Band as a subsequent cornet player. Striving to recreate the most authentic 1920s New…

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Liz Lincoln
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Trained in ballet and tap, Torquay-raised Liz Lincoln lived in and toured Sweden and London, as a dancer and jazz singer, before settling in Southend. Music endured as a ‘controlling force’ as she went on to found the British Jazz Foundation and…

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Loughton Youth Project workshop
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Community Project Manager of Loughton Youth Group Nick Robinson holds an interactive workshop with LYP members to discuss different generations' investments in music. The session is a precursor to the Intergenerational Jazz…

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Mike Rose
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Older siblings bringing jazz records home and encouraging interest led Mike to become fascinated by the genre. His investments are built primarily as an avid consumer of jazz music. This includes a lifetime listening and learning for his own…

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Ray Crick
Wednesday 28th June 2017

A strong sense of public service is behind the professional and voluntary roles of Ray Crick, from researching the record shop stock he managed as a teenager to best advise customers, to putting together well-informed programmes and…

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Rosina and Jenny
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Jenny and Rosina each tell of their passion for music, directly experienced from the talents of friends and family around them. They emphasise the importance of learning to make music, and conclude it must be rewarding and worthwhile for…

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Susan May
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Susan May proves it's sometimes worthwhile trusting the innate qualities, which others first reveal to you showing that ‘you’ve got what it takes’. She demonstrates a winning formula in a career running jazz clubs – the first is still going 32 years…

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