National Jazz Archive

National Jazz Archive

The National Jazz Archive holds the UK’s finest collection of written, printed and visual material on jazz, blues and related music, from the 1920s to the present day. Founded in 1988, the Archive’s vision is to ensure that the rich tangible cultural heritage of jazz is safeguarded for future generations of enthusiasts, professionals and researchers.

The National Jazz Archive collections include:
- More than 4000 books
- Runs of around 700 journals and periodicals
- Photographs, drawings, paintings, concert and festival posters and programmes
- Letters, memorabilia and personal papers donated by musicians, writers, journalists and collectors
- Oral histories from our Heritage Lottery Fund intergenerational jazz reminiscence project.

We programme a range of talks and events throughout the year, and run a growing outreach programme.

Venue Type:

Archive, Library

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday, and Friday, 10am - 1pm

Admission charges

Entry is free, with no membership required.

Visitors are welcome to the archive during public visiting times. Archive staff are available Monday – Thursday, and Friday, 10am – 1pm to answer your enquiries.

Collection details

Archives, Music, Performing Arts

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Jazz piano trio

100 years of jazz piano

  • 9 February 2019 2:30-4:30pm

The James Pearson Trio will play a fundraising concert ‘100 Years of Jazz Piano’ for the National Jazz Archive in Loughton, Essex.

Pianist James Pearson, with Sam Burgess on bass and Chris Higginbottom on drums, present a history of jazz piano, featuring Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Erroll Garner, Bill Evans and many, many more.

James Pearson is a world-class pianist, composer and raconteur extraordinaire. He is the artistic director at Ronnie Scott’s Club where his trio are the house band. His fine piano playing and arrangements can be heard on over 50 albums. With collaborations ranging from Paul McCartney to Wynton Marsalis, James is one of the country’s most sought-after pianists.

Bass player Sam Burgess is a stalwart of the UK jazz scene. As well as playing on numerous film soundtracks, his driving bass lines can be heard accompanying bands of all styles.

Chris Higginbottom is one of the UK’s top drummers, and is a member of the Kyle Eastwood band and the Ronnie Scott’s All Stars. A Royal Academy of Music graduate, Chris lived in New York for eight years where he played with many of the biggest names in jazz. He has performed all over the world and has released two albums as a leader.

James said: “It seems very appropriate to bring my trio to present a concert telling the story of jazz piano to help raise funds for the Archive, which itself covers the history of jazz. We’re looking forward to it!”

The concert is at Loughton Methodist Church, 260 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1RB, close to the Archive’s home in Loughton Library, where extensive parking is available.

The concert starts at 2.30pm and tickets cost £15. For details and to book tickets, visit, email or phone 020 8502 4701.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£15. Tickets can be ordered online in advance or bought on the door, space permitting. Doors open at 1:30pm.


National Jazz Archive
Loughton Library, Traps Hill
IG10 1HD




(020) 8502 4701

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