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About the project

The National Jazz Archive preserves, celebrates and promotes our fabulous jazz and blues heritage in all of its rich variety. The three-year project ‘The Story of British Jazz’ has reinforced the Archive’s position as a principal national resource as the first centenary dawns on these important art forms.

National Lottery funding enabled more than 40,000 books, journals, photographs, programmes, posters, letters and other items to be stored and conserved by trained volunteers on an excellent website, launched in May 2013. A vibrant programme of events and exhibitions were also held to enhance access to the collections and develop new audiences, involving schools and community groups. The Archive took part in high profile national events and local community events, ranging from Black History month to Loughton Book Festival.

‘The Story of British Jazz’ has helped to promote and preserve the history of Jazz and its important role in British culture.

“Jazz ... reflects the best traditions in this country of openness to other cultural influences, from the first tour by Duke Ellington in 1932 (we have the programme!), through to the influx of musicians of Caribbean, African and more recently Asian origin.” - Paul Kaufman, Chair of the Trustees of the National Jazz Archive

For more information about The Story of British Jazz visit the website.

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