We are sure that everyone (an audience of 85) who was at the first gig of 2020 (Jan 12th)

 thoroughly enjoyed the Leon Greening Trio. We especially enjoyed the treat of Leon taking the lead and making detailed intros. to each of the numbers. Here is a list of the numbers:

Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma

Cherokee by Ray Noble

This guys in love with you by Burt Bacharach

Whatever possessed me by Tadd Dameron

Blokes Blues by Victor Feldman

 

For dancers  only by Sy Oliver

Not teak by Rudy Stevenson

On green dolphin street by Bronislaw Stevenson

I want to be wanted by Testa/Stott

Martha’s prize by Cedar Walton

Swinging on a star by Jimmy Van Heusen

 

Lovely to see some new faces in our audience. We hope you enjoyed your visit and will come again soon. Committee members always try to welcome you and to explain the benefits of membership, do check our membership page.

The next concert on 16th Feb. celebrates the MJQ.   The Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) was a jazz combo established in 1952 that played music influenced by classical, cool jazz, blues and bebop. For most of its history, the Quartet consisted of John Lewis (piano), Milt Jackson (vibraphone), Percy Heath (double bass), and Connie Kay (drums). The group grew out of the rhythm section of Dizzy Gillespie's big band from 1946 to 1948, which consisted of Lewis and Jackson along with bassist Ray Brown and drummer Kenny Clarke.

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It's a measure of the quality of the musicians we showcase at Chelmsford Jazz Club that many now feature as winners and runners-up in the British Jazz 2019 Awards . 

The nominees are listed by number of votes received (number 1 being this year’s winner)

 

Trumpet                     1. Enrico Tomasso

Clarinet                      1. Julian Mark Stringle   2 Alan Barnes

Alto Sax                     1. Alan Barnes                 3.  Derek Nash

Piano                          1. Dave Newton               3. Leon Greening

Guitar                         1 Jim Mullen           

Drums                        1. Steve Brown                3. Winston Clifford

Bass                            2. Alex Dankworth.         4. Andy Cleyndert

Vocals                         1.  Sara Dowling

Best New Album       1. Woodville Records     Alan Barnes +11

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C​helmsford Jazz Club Committee

 

 

 

Would you would like to come along to discover more about what the committee do and volunteer opportunities in the club?  Please call club secretary Richard - details on the Contact page - or any other committee member.

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​Members discounted tickets

 

These may now be purchased online.

Visit  https://www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/music/chelmsford-jazz-club/

 

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Committee meeting

Our next club committee meeting will be on Wednesday January 29th.

 

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Members have been asking about our 2020 dates.  Some of you may already know about the forthcoming Essex 2020, a countywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM).

 

June marks the 100th anniversary of the Marconi broadcasts from New Street and in September the British Science Festival arrives in Chelmsford. There will be many special events around the city throughout the year. Some of these are being hosted by Chelmsford City Theatres especially in June and September.

 

  2020 has the potential to be a very exciting year for the club. We are considering being part of the Essex 2020 countywide celebration of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM). We are only in the very early stages of discussing possible plans for this but the more people we have to help us the more we can consider doing - all of which could benefit the club enormously. Talk to any of our committee members on concert days for more information.  We need your help in view of the current small number of committee members.

 

In some incidences, these special events are displacing regular and long-standing theatre activities. This hasn't made it easy for the club to book its usual dates but rest assured we have worked hard to ensure that we do have a full ten-concert programme for 2020.

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Concerts in other Venues

“SPIKE’S PLACE”  AT BRENTWOOD 

8.00pm. The Bardswell, Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex CM14 4TJ. Tel: 01245 420475  Top-Class Mainstream Jazz.  email: susan_may@btinternet.com www.myspace.com/spikesplacejazzclub  

Admission £15.00 members £12.00 unless otherwise stated

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Tuesday 7th January – 8.00pm     Ted Beament Quartet
Featuring   Colin Watling   Murray Salmon  and   les Cirkel

Tuesday 14th January – 8.00pm
Josh Kemp & Nigel Price plus Jeremy Brown & David Ingamells

Tuesday 21st January – 8.00pm     ‘Tenor Madness’
In memory of the late great Spike Robinson     Featuring
Alan Barnes    Derek Nash    Vasilis Xenopolous    John Peace 
Paul Morgan   &                        Bobby Worth
Tickets £17.00 members £14.00

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SPIKES PLACE at THE JAZZ CENTRE UK  

Beecroft Arts Gallery, Victoria Avenue, Southend, SS2 6EX    Tel: 01702 215169 (Thurs & Sat only)  Or: 01245 420475 Email:susan_may@btinternet.com


Saturday 25th January   2.00pm – 4.00pm
Vasilis Xenopolous  with Ross Stanley  –  Simon Thorpe  &  Steve Brown
Admission £10.00

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SPIKES PLACE at The Saffron Suite

8 - 12 High Street, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 1AZ

8.30pm - 11.00pm

​Thursday 16th January   – 8.30pm

‘Tenor Madness’

In memory of the late great Spike Robinson

Featuring Alan Barnes Mark Crooks Vasilis Xenopolous

Graham Harvey Paul Morgan & Clark Tracey

Admission £15.00

Always remember to check Chris Neill's splendid online Essex Jazz newsletter for what's on in and around the county and beyond.

 

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Spike Robinson Scholarship Foundation

Collection Tins

As many of you will know, our club founder and chair, Susan May Robinson works tirelessly to raise money to provide bursaries for young, developing musicians so that they can participate in the Spike's Jazz Academy, part of the annual Easter Essex Jazz school in Brentwood. The cost per student for 2020 will be £270. These bursaries cover that cost.

 

To help with this we shall be putting out collection tins at our concerts from now on. Please give what you can so that we can help Susan to help more students.

A big THANK YOU to everyone who put money in our collection tins at the last Chelmsford gig for SRSF. We raised £57 - double what we had hoped for.

 

Larger donations are also very welcome. Please speak to a committee member if you would like to donate directly. Thank you.

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​Membership renewal

 

We are now renewing memberships for 2020.

2019 cards will not be valid after Jan 30th 2020

Please check the Membership page for more information.

 

We hope you have enjoyed the concerts we have staged for 2019.

Check our What's On at CJC page to see what we have organised for 2020.

 

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Visit The UK Jazz Centre

As well as regular concerts (see above) and films, the centre has a comprehensive exhibition of Jazz archives, sells jazz CDs and cards.   Well worth a visit.

Easy parking off Great Eastern Avenue - left off Victoria Avenue, follow Great Eastern Avenue round to the right and up the slope- £ 3-weekend rate. Take change. There is a MOBON phone app option but last time I used it charged me the much more expensive weekday rate - it doesn't seem to recognise the weekend. You can reclaim the overcharge but pay cash to avoid the bother. Parking attendants monitor this car park closely so take care.

 

The Beecroft is only a short walk from Southend Victoria station (trains from Shenfield may be subject to a bus replacement service) or take the X30 airport bus from Chelmsford which also stops at the station.

 

This concert means a great deal to Susan May Robinson, our club founder and chair so it would be great to have as many people as possible come along to support the event.

 

Susan works tirelessly to raise funds for the Spike Robinson Scholarship Foundation to provide bursaries for students at the Easter Essex Jazz Spike's Jazz Academy.

 

For those who enjoy attending the Spike's Place concerts at The Jazz Centre Southend on the last Saturday afternoon of the month, you may also like to know that The Beecroft Centre also holds regular Art History lectures on the same Saturday mornings between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm hosted by Dr Mark Banting.

 

Go to https://thecommonviewer.wordpress.com/ to see the topics of lectures which have already taken place.

More information on Spike's Place website

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Richard Dray from Southend Jazz Cooperative has kindly agreed to write reviews of some of Chelmsford Jazz Club gigs, so watch out for those in our newsletters

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*** Vacancy for Club Treasurer and Membership Secretary ***

Our outgoing Club Treasurer, Steve has provided a short synopsis of the duties of the role hoping that this will encourage someone to step up.

 

Christine has sadly had to give up the post of Membership Secretary  and

Web site editor, again we need help to fill these roles.

 

The very small surviving committee is struggling to keep the Club running and urgently

needs volunteers to step up. 

.We have regular evening committee meetings which you would be expected to attend. These take place in the Moulsham area of Chelmsford, sometimes each month but sometimes only every two or three months if there is nothing pressing to discuss. These usually take around two hours. Otherwise, the work can be done in your own time from home. Committee members communicate electronically between meetings. You would need to have good administrative and office IT skills, word processing, spreadsheets and email.

 

 

For those who enjoy attending the Spike's Place concerts at The Jazz Centre Southend on the last Saturday afternoon of the month, you may also like to know that The Beecroft Centre also holds regular Art History lectures on the same Saturday mornings between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm hosted by Dr Mark Banting.

 

Go to https://thecommonviewer.wordpress.com/ to see the topics of lectures which have already taken place.

 

 

 

 

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