Epsom & Ewell U3A Jazz
In 2019 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.
At our next meeting on Tuesday 14 May we feature two fabulous world class string players and vocalists, Tom Spats Langham and Martin Wheatley. They will sit down and play a variety of stringed instruments and sing the music they love, while they talk about the songs, the people they meet, jazz in general and their lives as professional jazz musicians. This is all unscripted, but they often have these sessions at jazz festivals, where they attract large audiences.
This will be a very informal meeting, and if you have any questions for either of them please feel free ask, either during their performance, or in the interval..
We have recently made several new band and musician bookings and these are included in the attached newsletter and programme flyer. There are new names as well as the return of successful bands and popular speakers from past meetings.
Monday 13 May is our U3A Open Day from 10 am to 12 pm at Bourne Hall, Spring Street, Ewell. We will have a table which Alan Hedger has kindly agreed to look after as I will be in Keswick that morning. Please come along and spend a few minutes with Alan to see if he needs any help. It is important for us to make all existing and potential new U3A members aware of our jazz group. I understand we are now the largest group in Epsom & Ewell U3A, although if you added all the walking groups together they would be bigger