Local MP joins Sir Michael Parkinson to officially open Jazz Centre

On Saturday 20th October, Sir David Amess MP joined Sir Michael Parkinson, and stars from across the jazz world, at the Grand Re-launch of the Jazz Centre UK.

The event, organised by founder and director Digby Fairweather, celebrated the newly refurbished expansion of the centre of Victoria Avenue, in Southend.

First opened in 2016, the Jazz Centre UK is home to thousands of vinyl records and jazz memorabilia. As well as being a thriving live music venue, the centre also offers support for musicians through workshops and masterclasses. The newly expanded venue sees Southend put firmly on the UK’s music map, with jazz devotees from across the UK and Europe pay a visit.

Sir David said ‘My congratulations and thanks to Digby Fairweather and his army of volunteers who were responsible for enabling the extension of The Jazz Centre UK to be opened by Sir Michael Parkinson on Saturday. This centre is the first in the country and will enable Jazz lovers throughout the United Kingdom to enjoy not only the wonderful heritage that jazz has given us throughout the years, but also the modern genre.’