Monday, 21 December 2020

SEASON’S GREETING FROM JATPjazz

 Dearest Jazz Nuts,

 

it's been a while since our last herald. Despite all the turmoil and confusion of tiers and case rate statistics, it seems to us like things haven't changed much, especially where prospect of safe, live jazz is concerned. If we have learned one thing from the shifting tiers and the unnecessary confusion, it is that Covid-19 is NOT something to be trifled with, as evidenced by the new variant apparently ripping through our Countryfolk in the South East. Whilst being uncomfortably restrictive, we believe the measures applied to us, and additional ones which we choose to follow ourselves, are vital in minimising transmission so that mortality rates are minimised and the NHS, which itself has barely recovered from the first "wave", is not further overloaded.

Of course we, as we are sure do you, yearn for a return to normality - freedom even - when JATPjazz will return. We are certain that widespread uptake of vaccines will hasten that day when once again we can see and hear great live jazz play.

And so, with less than the usual Yuletide "sparkle" but with sincere hope in our hearts, we of the JATPjazz Committee would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a much Happier 2021.

Do stay safe and keep well and we look forward to rejoining as soon as possible in 2021.

 

Compliments of the Season to All

 

JATPjazz Committee

Sunday, 4 October 2020

An Update . .

Dear supporters

 

We hope you are all well in these very trying times. It’s been a while since we gave you an update on how the JATP committee read the current situation and what are thoughts are regarding putting on gigs once again. Our last gig was on the 6 March, the Sam Leak Trio. Little did we know then...

 

In August, after the country had come out of lock-down, we asked those on our mailing list what their thoughts were about JATP putting on jazz again, how comfortable would they feel about coming down and attending a gig. For perfectly understandable reasons, the overall impression was one of reservation, with 42% thinking it was definitely too early, 22% undecided and just 36% confident they would come along. Part of the exercise was to gauge whether gigs would be economically viable, and on these figures we thought that would be very challenging. There is also clearly the question of the safety of our audience to consider, and we listened to the concerns which were raised and considered what steps we could take to make our gigs as safe as possible. We finally came to the view that the wisest course of action was not to rush back but wait a bit longer to see how things developed in the interests of everyone’s safety. 

 

Depressingly, just as it appeared that we might have emerged from the worst of the pandemic, all the statistics have started to accelerate in the wrong direction, as we know. Although ever more national and local restrictions are being imposed, which can create their own practical difficulties, there appears to be a consensus that we could be heading for a second peak of the disease. Above and beyond any commercial considerations, we would be mortified if anybody fell ill because they came to one of our gigs. Under all the circumstances therefore, we still feel it’s too early to go back to putting on live jazz.

 

This is a frustrating situation for us, our members, patrons and supporters. We will of course continue to monitor the situation and really appreciate your continued support.


Take Care and Stay Safe


JATP Committee

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Appeal for views on post-lockdown JATPjazz live gigs

Dear JATPjazzgoers,

Hope this missive finds you well and in good spirits (the emotional sort – I imagine the alcoholic variant is long-since soaked-in?)

An Update

On cessation of events, we promised to keep you abreast of matters – a promise I think we’ve largely honoured in various formats and forums – though very largely matters remain beyond our control.

The latest news is we are tentatively exploring the resumption of jazz gigs at the glorious Bradford Latvian Club, although this will not be until 02 October at the earliest.
 
A Question
 
Of course preparations are all very well if they are indeed put to the test by keen jazz-goers which brings me to the point:  do you feel ready, able and, more importantly, willing to attend jazz gigs as yet, or do your instincts still outweigh the urging of Government? 
Please understand, this is not an appeal for footfall or a call to “jazz arms”. It is solely an attempt at assessing the degree of interest and based on the nature of interest, we can consider the economic viability for both JATP and Bradford Latvian Club. If “the numbers work”, we can then apply good sense and guidelines to risk assessments, venue preparation, non-contact methods of payment, “electronic” ticketing (as a means of limiting numbers if found necessary – never ever thought I’d have that issue at a jazz gig!), table plans, mid-set access & egress routes, maintenance of social distancing, and work out sensible one-way routes to bar and toilets (not necessarily in that order of course) to name but a few of the many challenges.
Of course we realise that Covid-19 remains amongst us – the best we can ALL do is minimise the risk of transmission. We realise also that the typical jazz demographic very much puts most of us in the “vulnerable age group”.
 
So we beseech you to take the time to respond to this enquiry of interest with your honest views whatever they are. We need to know so that we can prepare or preserve our war chest for more normal days.
 
I look forward to hearing from you all
 
Take Care, Stay Safe
 
JATPJazz Committee

Sunday, 28 June 2020

Lockdown "easement" update

Dearest Jazzers,

We hope you are all keeping well and treating lockdown "easement" with the large dollop of common sense required.
We are now in the odd situation where venues may open yet hold no live gigs so we are forced to officially cancel the Shirley Smart Gig of 03 July 2020 and in so doing draw a line under JATPjazz' 2019/2020 season.
We thank you for your attendance, enthusiasm and support whilst regretting we could not complete the season. We look forward to a vaccine and/or effective treatment for Covid-19 as soon as humanly possible, and that such a situation might arrive before our planned commencement of our 2020/2021 season on 4th September.

Meantime, as many health and scientific experts continue to wisely repeat - lockdown may have eased up but Covid-19 has not - we hope you stay safe and well in these most challenging of times, hoping we can safely reconvene in September and welcome an audience in the full knowledge that none will suffer as a result.

Please take care. In truth, very little has changed.

We wish you all well

JATPjazz Committee

Friday, 29 May 2020

Update : Suspension of Events

Dearest Jazzers,

We hope you are all keeping well and staying home for the most part.
Having reviewed the current Covid-19 situation and the latest Government stipulations, we regret to advise that the 06 June gig with the Rob Luft Band is cancelled. We await further easing of Covid-19 Regulations preventing such events and we will review the situation again in that light and advise further as soon as possible.

We hope to be back where we belong at Bradford Latvian Club in the not too distant future and hope you will bear with us in the meantime.

Please stay safe and hopefully virus-free until happier, more normal days return.
We wish you all well

JATPjazz Committee

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

A message from Northern Jazz Promoters


Northern Jazz Promoters (previously known as NORVOL) is a not-for-profit organisation which support jazz and it's Promoters in the region, of which, JATPjazz is a founder member. 
They have set up a page on their website where bands can provide links to their music available for download. Please checkout https://www.norvoljazz.org/helping-our-bands-and-musicians/ where Musician's details are listed further down the page

Stay sane, stay safe, Stay Home.

Your JATPjazz Committee

Sunday, 22 March 2020

A thought for Musicians

Fellow Jazzers,
as alluded to below whilst the HMG decide if / how they will support the Covid-19 measures-affected Self Employed (i.e Musicians), as most are physically self-isolating, it is easy to imagine their horror at an extended period of "social distancing" and the effect on their income, which for those not live-streaming music lessons, is pretty much £0. Most musicians we have had the pleasure of at JATPjazz are looking into the possibility of "live streaming" gigs from their homes https://www.facebook.com/Thehorsepuppets/videos/235823327561877/  &  https://www.facebook.com/events/2914759771936866/  on either a ppv, pwyf or even gratis basis, but it is likely even this will be frowned upon as infection rates increase and a full lockdown threatens. Therefore we worry for our Friends and consider how we might support them. Roger found an interesting idea in The Guardian Letters page https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/mar/18/how-to-keep-the-music-playing 
the other day which we thought we might share. Noting that we are not seeking ticket money for cancelled gigs, in the event you are similarly motivated towards helping musicians, here are the band links for this season's remaining gigs and don't forget that Joe Webb, John Law and Rob Luft all have new albums releasing imminently with Shirley Smart's excellent Long Story Short released in April 2019, so all nice, fresh JAZZ


Keep Well, Stay Safe

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Suspension of Activities

Dearest Jazzers,

in the light of the latest Government advice and the effect of that on the jazz scene generally, the JATPjazz Committee have most regrettably and reluctantly concluded that the best, most responsible course of action is to cancel all forthcoming gigs up until the end of May at the earliest. We will, of course, continue to regularly review the situation and act accordingly, however we cannot discount the possibility of extending this suspension of operation.
We hope you understand this is our only sensible and responsible option, and of course we hope that the situation improves to a point where we can get back to jazz asap.
We should not forget Bradford Latvian Club and Jazz Musicians in general in the current circumstances. In the light of the advice to avoid public gatherings, such venues and maintain "social distancing", coupled with the suspension of Bradford City AFC fixtures, the supporters of which pack the Bradford Latvian Club to the rafters for home games, it is easy to imagine the black holes which have suddenly appeared in their respective balance sheets. I hope you join our sympathies at their plights. Bradford Latvian Club have been very good to JATPjazz in our hour of recent need. Jazz Musicians likewise - none of them will get rich on the survivalist rates which JATPjazz pays - so we sincerely hope they can all prevail. We are supporting both where we can, however please raise a salutary, hopeful glass in their direction.
We should also not forget our faithful Members and Patrons, without whom none of this would happen in any circumstances. We advise that Membership and Patronage durations will be extended by the number of months we are "off-line" such that there will be no disadvantage to Benefactors in terms of annual membership subscriptions or Patronage. Of course, those Benefactors who would prefer a refund of outstanding subscriptions or patronage arising from cancellations, please contact Steve (Patrons) or Kathleen (Members), contact details fro both to be found in the brochure. 
We hope to be back where we belong at Bradford Latvian Club in the not too distant future and hope you will bear with us in the meantime.
Please stay safe and hopefully virus-free until happier, more normal days return.
We wish you all well

JATPjazz Committee

Sunday, 1 March 2020

New Jazz Venue Alert !!

There's a new jazz night happening in Gomersal which sounds like the ideal Sunday evening "chill".
The fine folks at the Smiling Cat Cafe 134 Oxford Rd, Gomersal, Cleckheaton BD19 4HD will be hosting a monthly Jazz night starting Sun 22 Mar. 
Music from 7-9pm featuring the Jeffrey Hewer Trio, featuring Eliot Richards, sax; and Angus Milne, db.
Come for the music and stay for the terrific food, drinks atmosphere and lovely staff! 


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