This project was the brain child of Tony Morrison who after been introduced to the National Jazz Archives (which is actually based in Essex) decided that he wanted to dig deeper on the county’s jazz history. After securing funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and Essex County Council he commissioned Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove to begin the research. However after initially thinking there would be about 30 interviews to do over a three month period, it soon became apparent that there was a lot more to Essex then first realised.

After nine months of research and over 60 face to face interviews conducted, it was decided to launch the exhibition in Oct 2013 at Chelmsford Library to raise the profile of the project – but the research continues with more interviews now lined up. The exhibition itself is set to tour an number of libraries across Essex until the end of 2015, though other venues have expressed an interest beyond this.

The project isn’t just about an exhibition, there is a series of secondary schools workshops lined up delivered in partnership with Essex Music Services and a number of performances are being programmed by Eastern Roots to help promote the exhibition.

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