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.
The West End comes to Ewell
Robert Habermann presents "I Got Gershwin" with West End star Paul Macguire on piano, one of his "Story Book Shows" which he has taken all around the UK, including The Royal Albert Hall.
Robert Habermann is an award winning popular British singer who specialises on singing songs from the Great American Songbook. For today's show Robert will tell the story of Gershwin's all too short life, interspersed with some of his most popular songs through the jazz age to the 1930s.
Paul Macguire has extensive experience in theatre, television, radio and recordings as a Pianist, Writer, and Conductor. He has been heavily involved in many West End productions such as Godspell, Evita, Phantom, Kiss Me Kate to name just a few.
“The show is a ‘complete two act’ show about the brilliant American composer George Gershwin, where the audience will not only hear all his popular songs that they know and love but also about his amazing life story, of how Gershwin developed musically over the years from young song plugger, his first mega hit “Swanee”, his masterpiece ‘Rhapsody In Blue’ , onto his great opera ‘Porgy and Bess’. Then his tragic death at the age of 38.” Robert Habermann
I look forward to seeing you at All Saints, on Tuesday 13th at 1.45 pm.