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.
Hello and a Happy New Year
100 Years Ago today the decade known as "The Jazz Age" started. Jazz has declined and revived several times since then, but jazz, in its various guises, is still a popular style of music with many followers around the globe.
Christmas Concert 2019 - Thank you to everyone who helped to make it a success. I would especially like to thank Jan for organising the raffle. The winner was John Goddard, leader of the OK All Stars who was delighted with the quality and contents of his hamper. Thank you also to the Rev. Sue Cook for letting us use the Church.
Royal Academy of Music(RAM)Tuesday 25 Feb 2020.'Stompin'at The Savoy" conducted by Keith Nichols. I have ordered a coach and we will leave All Saints Church at 5.30 pm - Tickets for the coach alone are £20. Tickets for the concert must be ordered direct from RAM from their web page (£8 for over 60s):
or from the RAM Box Office at tel:02078737373. Please have your tickets sent to your home address to avoid waiting at the Box Office when you arrive.
Email me to reserve a ticket for a coach seat. I will reply with methods of payment.
All Saints Hall - Unfortunately the Hall will in future only be available from 1,15pm to 4.15 pm on Tuesdays.which does not give us enough time to set up and clear away for live music concerts. Reverend Sue has agreed that we may instead hire the Church from 1 to 4.30 pm each second Tuesday, usung the hall just for its refreshment facilities and toilets. We will be working out the final arrangements in the New Year. I will keep you updated.
Syncopated Times is a new magazine published in the US but also covering the UK and European jazz scene. The journalism is excellent. You can subscribe free online for a limited number of views or subscribe at $3 a month. for unlimited access.
Frog and Henry is our band on 14 January as they start their UK 2020 tour with Ewan Bleach. Tickets will be available at £10 each payable at the door. Doors open 1.30 for a 1.45 start.
Click on the Jan flyer for our latest programme.
I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on Tuesday 14th January.