Epsom & Ewell U3A Jazz
In 2020 we continue to book top jazz musicians and bands for even more meetings, interspersed by well known expert jazz speakers and historic jazz movies. We also continue our popular coach trips to London for exhibitions and concerts. Our jazz group is run along the lines of a friendly and relaxed jazz club, rather than being just a jazz appreciation group.
Every March we go by coach to the annual jazz concert at The Royal Academy of Music conducted by maestro Keith Nichols. We also have a very popular Christmas Jazz Concert with mulled wine every December, which is open to all U3A members and their friends.
The social element is very important to us, and we always have a half hour break for tea, coffee and cakes giving us an opportunity to chat to fellow members, visitors and musicians.
New Orleans Jazz and Swing
New Orleans is currently seeing a huge revival of traditional jazz on the streets of the French Quarter with the Tuba Skinny band, and Shotgun Jazz Band and many other bands attracting unprecedented interest. Street bands consisting of 10 or more musicians are not unusual. They are reviving old forgotten songs and even writing their own new music in the traditional style.. Videos of the new street bands are available on YouTube, and creating worldwide interest.
The swing in the 1930s & 40s music has been revived. Swing dance & jazz is the new “in thing” with students in London & New York. Young jazz musicians from London’s music colleges play the hot jazz the dancers demand. New clubs have opened up, many in East London, for dancing with live jazz into the small hours. We make every effort to bring these young bands and musicians to play concerts for us here in Ewell.
We meet every month on the second Tuesday afternoons at All Saints Church Hall, Fulford Road, West Ewell KT19 9QY at 1.30 for 1.45 pm. Sometimes our live music concerts are held in the church. The church car park and adjoining roads make parking relatively easy. Bus services 418 and 467 bus run from Epsom clock tower to Plough Road, West Ewell. From the bus stop its just two minutes walk along Plough Road until you see All Saints church spire to the left and take the short footpath across to Fulford Road and the church hall. The hall has recently been upgraded with new comfortable chairs and better lighting.
Newsletter and Programme
Our regular newsletter and programmes are updated on this page. If you would like to join our emailing list please email Michael@mcstevens.co.uk or leave a message on 0791 3655 458.
Our aim is to foster interest in the New Orleans, classic, swing and the traditional jazz styles with live jazz, talks, films and coach trips.
We currently have space and can welcome more regular members to join our group.
So, if you are free on a second Tuesday afternoon, do come along. Potential members are allowed two trial visits even if not yet members of the U3A.
Latest news: COVID-19
This is a very difficult time for our jazz musician friends with virtually all their bookings cancelled by the closure of virtually all jazz venues, on government health advice. Unfortunately we too are forced to cancel our next meeting on Tuesday 14 April with Horniblow's Hot Three. Many of us were very much looking forward to this session.
Jazz musicians are self-employed in the original “Gig Economy” and they are being hit very hard by the coronavirus crisis. The latest government proposals for the self-employed appear to be of but little help to them.
One of the ways we can support our musicians through this very difficult time is to buy and/or download their CDs.
David Horniblow says the best way to do that is to log into the website:
where you can read the reviews, listen to samples and most importantly order your copy of their CD "Steppin’ On The Gas".
I'm sure David, Andrew and Nicholas will be very grateful for your support. I have just ordered my own CD which additionally includes a link to download the album from the internet as a music file. The CD will, I am sure, give you much pleasure. I will re-book the band to come back to us as soon as possible.
We had a well attended meeting On Tuesday 10th March with musical entertainment by Geoff Hisscott, and members appreciated the health precautions we had taken.
Before the crisis I had made a number of new bookings for U3A Jazz to complete our 2020 programme, which is now:
No meeting was planned for May
Tom Spats Langham's Hot Fingers
Otis B Driftwood's Showband
Martin Wheatley's Hula Bluebirds
John Goddard's O'keh All-Stars with Enrico
The Washboard Resonators
Keith Nichols' Christmas Bash Party Band
The Epsom Playhouse and the Monday evening Studio Jazz sessions have been cancelled until further notice and The Spice of Life Monday lunch time jazz sessions are also closed. We at U3A Jazz are possibly a little more flexible with the Church remaining open and we do not intend to cancel any bookings until we get close to the actual date of each performance when we will assess whether we can safely precede with the meeting.
"Normal Performance will be resumed as soon as possible" as they said when the television programme had technical problems, and then we had the joy of watching a potter at his wheel for an indeterminate period - Let’s watch some paint drying!
Alternatively, if you have access to the internet there is a great deal of the highest quality jazz available. On the “JazzVideoMike” channel at YouTube you may watch many wonderful jazz sessions from the heyday of jazz festivals during the past 25 years. You can watch them free of charge, not only on those modern television sets which support YouTube, but also on your tablet such as an iPad, smart phone and laptop and PC. They include every session at five of the Whitley Bay Jazz Parties. in high definition.
Particular highlights available include The Charlston Chasers, Keith Nichols’ Cotton Club and Blue Devils Orchestras and many, many more. If you subscribe to YouTube’s "JazzVideoMike" channel you will be notified of new uploads as they occur.
Here are just two links to take you direct to them:
Please look after yourself and let’s hope it is not too long before “Normal Service" can be resumed.
Very best wishes
Epsom & Ewell U3A Jazz