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For anyone interested in learning about Jazz, its history, performers, instruments, & the music. Active participation. Listen and discuss Jazz presented on YouTube, CD, or mp3.
Every month 2pm to 4.30pm on last Friday, except December (date of Christmas party subject to agreement). Venues agreed among members. List of past programmes available on request from Co-ordinator.
Leader's contact details (Merton U3A Members only)
The Jazz Appreciation Group (JAG) was started by knowledgeable jazz enthusiast Len Waterman in June 2012, and is now run as a co-operative, with Mary Sinfield as Programme Arranger. At the moment, we meet in a member’s home for around 2 hours from 2.30pm on the last Friday of the month, but we have also held events open to all the U3A membership at Drake House, Wimbledon (an afternoon ‘speakeasy’ with a live band: Now You Has Jazz), and Vestry Hall, Mitcham (a talk on composer and band leader Duke Ellington, illustrated with slides and music).
In its first year, JAG explored the history of jazz from its roots to the many forms of the present day. Since then we have investigated particular jazz genres, humour in jazz, and members’ choices of jazz singers and instrumentalists. Members have enjoyed jazz on film via DVDs and YouTube, and ‘outside visits’ to jazz events at Wimbledon Village Club, The Reform Club (in Pall Mall), Twickenham Jazz Festival, and the U3A National Jazz Study Day (in the City of London).
Advised by the U3A National Jazz Network Co-ordinator (Mike Whitaker), JAG has developed an interesting and participative future programme, detailed below. Because that is the point of the U3A – we are a self-help educational organisation: we learn with and from each other. No-one has to be an expert or specialist and there are no exams. You just have to enjoy learning and being willing to take part – and to socialise and to laugh a lot.
Why not put your classical, opera or popular music prejudices aside for an afternoon, and give us a try? The group leader will give you details of the date, venue and session’s topic, and we would all like to welcome you on the day.
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