Loughton and all that jazz

November 8th 2018
By: Melanie Hollidge

If you didn’t know you should know that The National Jazz Archive is held in the Library in Loughton, England at the Central Library, Traps Hill, Loughton. So, residents of Loughton, Chigwell and Woodford have not excuse not to gen up on Jazz and jazz history.

If you are a Jazz fan and live in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford you will know that one of the brilliant things about living in these towns in the Epping Forest district of Essex, England, adjacent to the northern boundary of Greater London and part of the metropolitan area of London and the Greater London is that you are on the Central line of the London Underground which transports you speedily to central London.

Just two stops from Liverpool Street on Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS is The Barbican Centre a performing arts centre with endless cultural events to enjoy.

From the 16th to the 25th of November 2018 they are hosting the London Jazz Festival 2018. It is a festival that brings musicians from all over the globe into the capital.

The EFG London Jazz Festival will also see hundreds of other gigs across the city with Jazz popping up everywhere, from concert halls to street corners. As usual, The Barbican Centre will be hosting a gig pretty much every night, alongside free shows in our foyers.

One of the free exhibitions not to miss is Women in Jazz: A Celebration of the Past, Present and Future at The Barbican Library running until 31st December 2018. It is a musical and social survey of the rich contribution women have made to jazz over the last 100 years. The exhibition also highlights how 20th century social and political change has played a significant role in women’s growing involvement in jazz.  And guess what? it draws on the rich resources of the National Jazz Archive in Loughton to include photos, posters, journals, video and memorabilia.