After almost a hundred years of British history, jazz in every style continues to enjoy success despite limited media recognition. Black British traditions in jazz have been strengthened by the reassessment of long-neglected musicians such as saxophonist Joe Harriott and his collaborator, bassist Coleridge Goode. Dutch singer Caro Emerald’s jazz-influenced debut album ‘Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor’ set an all-time record on 20 August 2010, spending 30 weeks at the top of the Dutch album chart. Other established contemporary jazz musicians include pianist Zoë Rahman and saxophonist Karen Sharp, as well as groups such as ‘Beats and Pieces’ and the Manchester-based ‘Go Go Penguin’. Artists such as composer-saxophonist Trish Clowes continue to explore jazz’s crossovers with other areas of music.
In the words of bandleader Lionel Hampton in 1939, ‘Stand by for further announcements (and more good news)’.