JX Bassist, Fergus Quill, wanted to use his ‘My Inspiration’ pick for this years’ Black History Month to give thanks to the irrepressible force of nature, Sun Ra!
Join us for Part 3 of our Black History Month series where we explore how jazz made its way to the major cities of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.
Mischa Jardine, cellist and Jazz Exchange member, discusses her ‘My Inspiration’ pick for this years’ Black History Month, Ayanna Witter-Johnson.
From the early jazz ambassadors to the musical leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, join us in celebrating some of the black female musicians who helped to shape their times.
Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes on BBC4 Friday 23 October
Working in a scene dominated by men, Lil Hardin was one of the most sought-after pianists in 1920’s Chicago – one of jazz’s most pivotal and influential periods.
Part 2 of our Black History Month series focusses on the relationship and influence of Louis and Lil’ Hardin Armstrong.
For Part 1 we explore how the African roots of jazz are reflected in the rhythms, spirit and tonal colours of America’s definitive musical artform.
This Month, NYJO observe Black History Month by exploring the early days of jazz in New Orleans through to its first appearances in the cities of Europe.
The NYJO board will undergo a comprehensive reshuffle, with Nikki Iles, and Clive Lewis OBE, joining the team in early 2021, and Orphy Robinson being elevated to the Vice-Chair position.