Q. Where is the National Jazz Archive (NJA)
A. It is in Loughton Library (above) , Traps Hill, Town Centre, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1HD. The archivist is David Nathan (email@example.com) and the number for the switchboard of Loughton Library is 020 8502 0181.
Q. Why there?
A. I think it’s because Digby Fairweather who got it off the ground 21 years ago had worked for Essex Libraries and persuaded them it was a good idea to host it. As NJA Newsletter editor Dave Gelly writes: “If it hadn’t been for Digby [..] we wouldn’t be there.
Q. When is their next event
A. It’s a gig by Bone Supremacy at the 100 Club on Thursday Lunchtime May 28th, a tribute to the much-missed Campbell Burnap.
Q. What else is happening at the NJA?
-They received a Project Planning Grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in May 2008 to employ s specialist to prepare a full bid to “transform the Archive into a 21st Century National Resource.”
–Outreach work led by Graham Langley, with partners such as the RSAMD in GLasgow, UEA in Norwich, Brunel University and others is growing rapidly in significance.
Q. What’s the buzz?
A. I pick up a mood of optimism that the NJA will be successful in its bid. Here’s wishing you well, this is a really important resource.