Jazz Appreciation


David Hoyle

The Jazz Appreciation Group has been formed to widen members’ experience with Jazz so that they learn more about it than they would by simply listening to tracks and reading CD covers, enjoyable as that is.  

We are a mixed group (women and men, some musicians but most not) and the way it works is like this:

We agree the themes for each session at least three months in advance. These may cover specific artists, instruments, ensembles, jazz styles, specific countries or regions, a period in the history of jazz or interpretations of a composition. Members are asked for nominations about a week beforehand and they e-mail the tracks they’ve nominated (2-3 for each session) providing as much detail as needed for us to locate the tracks on Spotify or YouTube by the weekend before we meet. No need to bring CDs unless you are notified that we have been unable to locate the track you’ve nominated. You then turn up.

We play the tracks indicated on a playlist which is handed out. There is a tea-break about half-way through. We chat about the tracks either before or after they are played, which means the more research each of us does beforehand, the more interest in jazz is generated so that we each leave around 4 pm knowing a little more about jazz than when we came in at 2 pm. If we don’t play all the tracks in the time, we often roll them onto the next month’s playlist. You don’t need to know anything about jazz, but of course if you do it will make the session livelier.

Members receive a monthly newsletter by e-mail that includes PDF versions of that month’s playlist, and hyperlinks to the YouTube version which enables them to play again tracks they liked.

Please contact the Convener for further information, or if you would like to join the Jazz Appreciation Group.

Date: 1st Monday of the month
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: In the convener's home
a trumpet played by a jazz musician

Accessibility at Bridges Centre

Members’ monthly meetings are held at Bridges Community Centre, Drybridge Park. Some group meetings and activities also take place at Bridges. Off street parking is available here outside the building, and disabled parking is adjacent to the building entrance. There are no external steps or slopes, and the entrance doors are automatic. The ground floor is fully accessible and level throughout, and there is space for wheelchairs. There is a lift to the first floor, and accessible toilets on both floors. There is a hearing induction system in the Agincourt room where the monthly meetings are held.

Accessibility at Ty Price

Some group activities and meetings are held at Ty Price, St Thomas Community Hall, St Thomas’s Square. There is no off street parking here. The approach on foot is a gentle slope to double entrance doors. The ground floor of the building is fully accessible and there is a disabled toilet. The stairs to the first floor are wide and well-lit with a handrail on both sides, but there is no lift. There is a hearing induction system on the ground floor.

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