Kenilworth U3a Jazz Appreciation Group
The aim of the group is for members to share their choice of jazz with everyone else although some members are happy just to listen and make new jazz discoveries.
The membership is spread between beginners and a couple of musicians, one of which has started the U3a Midland region Big Band
However, as group leader I like to stretch the listeners by introducing a variety of new and old performances, often by unfamiliar names. To this end, I always have a few presentations assembled that I hope will expand the members’ knowledge of the music and its performers. I try to include examples from over the jazz spectrum although we do tend to miss out the latter day trad movement. However, I do include the occasional historic jazz recording which I am reminded of in my copies of Jazz Journal.
I like to include examples that some listeners may consider ‘not safe’. By ‘not safe’, I mean totally unexpected. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
Lately, I have taken to adding an extra wild card piece not part of the presentation of the day, usually not jazz, just to move the listeners’ ears in another direction.
We meet in members homes and the current membership is comprised of musicians at one end of the listening spectrum and relative novices at the other end. If you would like to discover all about jazz or just expand your existing knowledge, please come and try us out. The group meets once a month on the second Friday at 2:15 in the members’ homes. The host member will usually present a programme, but if not I can usually oblige. Everyone attending will leave with a playlist for the session as a reminder.
At the moment there are 10 members so there are some vacancies. The only financial outlay is a donation of 50p per head for the host.
My name is David Roots (Click name to send an email)