Radlett & District

Jazz appreciation

RADLETT U3A and BOREHAMWOOD U3A JAZZ APPRECIATION GROUP

Meetings are held at the home of Alf Keileson the first Monday of each month, from 2.00pm – 4.00pm.

After 18 years of running and hosting the U3A Jazz Appreciation group, Alf Keiles has decided to call it a day. He is one of a small number of Group Leaders who started their groups in the year following the forming of Borehamwood & Elstree U3A in 2002.

Alf’s style of presentation each month was usually in two parts, with a brief tea interval, kindly served up by his long suffering wife, Esther. First he would play a tape on a particular theme, which he had prepared from his vast record collection, and give us background information on the featured jazzmen as he went along. Then, after tea, he would play one of his archive videos, showing many of the great jazzmen in their prime.

Some years ago, Esther sadly passed away, but Alf continued the presentations, later giving two per month – one for Borehamwood & Elstree U3A and one for Radlett. Recently, however, following the amalgamation of the two groups, Alf found he could no longer cope, so members of the group then carried on the talks at Alf’s flat, with teas provided by Anita Grant. Regrettably, this must now come to an end.

However, it is proposed to carry on with the group by finding a new location for the meetings, probably at a local hall, for which there will need to be a small charge. Alf will always be our jazz father-figure and be welcome at every meeting.

It is proposed to hold the final session at Alf’s in March, with the April meeting taking place at the new venue. As soon as arrangements for the latter have been finalised, full details will be publicised.

Finally, all members of the group would like to thank you, Alf, for improving both our knowledge and appreciation of jazz, and wish you well. Thank you, Mr Jazzman.

Further information may be obtained from: -

Tony Clayden [Radlett U3A] and David Carlile [Borehamwood U3A].

Please use the carrier pigeon to contact them.

Do you remember all those wonderful years we went dancing and jiving to the music of those great big bands and fabulous jazz groups? Come along to our group and enjoy that music again. Bring back memories of our dancing days, listen to some music about the history of all types of jazz with usually a half hour of jazz on film played by well known artists like Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Glenn Miller and Count Basie and more.

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