Jazz Women celebrated at Jazz Centre UK exhibition

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Southend-on-Sea's Jazz Centre UK presents a major exhibition, Jazz Women, from 30 June to 18 August, in celebration of the 'heritage, culture and future of Jazz Women'. The second of its Heritage Lottery-funded events, the programme at the Centre's home of the Beescroft Art Gallery includes live performances from Sara Dowling, Sydney Robins, Karen Sharp, Nikki Iles and Val Wiseman. A female-led film season will include screenings of The Jazz Baroness; Diane Schurr with Count Basie; Nancy Wilson at Carnegie Hall, among others.

There will also be an accompanying exhibition of books, periodicals, memorabilia, letters, art, posters and photography by or about women jazz musicians, artists, authors and journalists, as well as a multi-media presentation of current women jazz performers, writers and educators.

Featured live dates are Sara Dowling Quartet (Spike's Place, The Jazz Centre UK, 30 Jun); Sydney Robins (Spike's Place, The Jazz Centre UK, 14 Jul); Karen Sharp and Nikki Iles Duo (Spike's Place, The Jazz Centre UK, 21 Jul) and Val Wiseman with Digby Fairweather and Friends celebrating The Jazz Divas (Cricketers Jazz Bar, Westcliff on Sea, 8 Aug).

Mike Flynn

For full details visit www.thejazzcentreuk.co.uk/press-release/jazz-women/