Located in Southend and opened in February 2016, 'The Jazz Centre (UK)' is a registered charity which celebrates the music's heritage, art and memorabilia and actively supports and promotes contemporary performance and education.
Its aims and objectives are:-
To celebrate the joys of Jazz in all its forms for everyone!
To present regular live Jazz performances.
To engage with young Jazz performers via workshops, educational programmes, talks and much more.
To bring the Jazz community the best of Jazz art with exhibitions in its gallery.
To celebrate Jazz on film in its on site-cinema.
To preserve the hundred year heritage of Jazz in its museum.
To provide a research centre and enquiry service for Jazz in collaboration with the National Jazz Archive, Loughton.
To provide a social centre for celebration of the music.
To serve the Jazz community by establishing the first-ever national Jazz centre for the UK.
An additional facility in Essex is 'The National Jazz Archive'.
This is a collection of materials pertaining to jazz and blues that is kept at the Loughton Library in Essex, England. The archive was founded by British trumpeter Digby Fairweather in 1998 and contains visual and print materials from the 1920s to the present.
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. Founded in 1988 by trumpeter Digby Fairweather, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.