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The National Jazz Archive – a Century of Jazz History


To celebrate the centenaries of the first jazz recording in February 1917 by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and of the births of Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald and Thelonious Monk, the Archive will be bringing a display of material covering the first hundred years of jazz to Love Supreme.

Discover our Heritage Lottery Fund project ‘Intergenerational Jazz Reminiscence’, which is exploring the investments that different generations make in promoting, performing, supporting and documenting our jazz heritage, through interviews and reminiscences. 

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Our vision is to safeguard the rich cultural heritage of jazz for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers. 

The Archive’s collections include 4000+ books, runs of 700+ journals, photos, posters, programmes, oral histories, letters and personal papers donated by musicians, writers, journalists and collectors, many of which are freely available on our website. The Archive is based in Loughton, Essex and run largely by volunteers.

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