Jazz and Improvised Music are artforms that have within them all the forces at work in humanity and the universe. They teach anyone who has the patience and willingness to listen about themselves and the world we all live in. If we musicians could talk about this and do the same through language, then we would. But we can’t, that’s why the world has always needed music, and in this country it’s the non-mainstream artforms like Jazz and Improvised music – both of which Jazz Services has provided invaluable support for – that most needs this support, if we are to continue to learn from culture.
What we need is more support to connect this music beyond its core audience, not less. Musicians do so much beyond writing, rehearsing, practising and performing music already. We need to encourage music lovers to do more, and to take a leaf out of mainland Europe’s book, and supplement bodies like Jazz Services with volunteer-run festivals, media, and concert series. We only have to look at what a great feeling of positivity and ownership there was from volunteers during the olympics to learn how important that is in society. BUT, at the core of this system, there must be people in full time employment to coordinate this, and this is where Jazz Services, and other organisations should exist, in my opinion – to create viable, sustainable opportunities and outlets for musicians to communicate to the wider audience.
I don’t know all the intricate details, but it has always seemed to me that Jazz Services is one of the rare funding bodies in the UK that keeps its administration costs as low as possible and focuses on providing a continual stream of small but invaluable funding to the musicians working so hard to bring their art to the rest of the country, through recording and touring their music. To see that disappear completely would be a travesty.
Stories @ The Vortex Jazz Club
Wednesday 18th June
Double Bill with Dice Factory
Stories is an outlet for Simon’s instrumental music , uniting five of London’s most exciting improvising musicians. Their combined force creates an emotionally charged music full of nifty melodies, fruity harmony and propulsive grooves.
“An overflow of creative juices, with each musician allowed the freedom to express their personality through a selection of finely tuned angular grooves and intricate melodic writing” - Jazz UK
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