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About Derby Jazz

DERBY JAZZ is a not for profit organization which supports and develops jazz in and around Derby. It's been continuously active since 1982 and became a Limited Company (No. 4946215) in 2003.

Since its inception Derby Jazz has worked in partnership with a number of organisations to promote performances and workshops, commission new music and develop local artists.

It is supported by funds from East Midlands Jazz CIC, which is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Derby Jazz has a number of partners include; BabyPeople, Deda, Derby City Council, Derby LIVE, Derby Museums, Derby Theatre, Derbyshire Music Education Hub, EMJAZZ, Northern Lights Cinema Wirksworth and University of Derby.

The quality of our programme of performances has been recognized by Jazz Services/Performing Rights Foundation Jazz Promoter Awards. Our current performance programme includes performances by some of the UKs leading jazz artists at venues across the city and in Wirksworth.

Our current participation programme includes regular workshops.

We have commissioned many new pieces of music including major work from; Corey Mwamba, Graham Collier, John Bailey, Phil Robson and Julian Siegel. You can see films about these commissions on the Video page of this website.

We are particularly proud of our work in supporting the developing careers of several artists from Derby. Phil Robson, Dave O’Higgins and Joshua Blackmore now have international careers. Corey Mwamba has gained recognition nationally, as have Dave Hamblett, George Hogg and Ed Richardson.

How does Derby Jazz work?

Derby Jazz is managed by a Board of Directors, all unpaid, who are responsible for all of its activities and for fundraising. Collectively the Directors have expertise in; jazz, education, fundraising, partnership working and business management. Derby Jazz is a core member of EMJAZZ and works in close partnership, sharing expertise and best practice, with the four other core members.


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