The Age of Jazz – lecture for the Arts Society Turners Hill


Delivering my lecture on the roots of jazz up to the Second World War for the Arts Society Turners Hill – society and venue details are here

The Age of Jazz – lecture for the Arts Society/DFAS Helmsley


Delighted to be delivering my Age of Jazz lecture for the Arts Society/DFAS Helmsley. The venue is

Helmsley Arts Centre,

The Old Meeting House,



YO62 5DW


And here’s the synopsis:

One hundred years ago a group of American musicians docked in London, bringing with them for the very first time one of the twentieth century’s most important musical genres: jazz, a fascinating blend of rigorous structure, free-wheeling creativity, close-knit ensemble work and improvisation. To tie in with The Age of Jazz exhibition, a collaboration between NADFAS and The Bulldog Trust at London’s Two Temple Place running from January-April 2018, Sandy Burnett’s lecture covers the early years of jazz from its beginnings through to the start of the Second World War. Drawing on his practical experience both as musicologist and gigging musician, Sandy is able to shed light on jazz from the inside. His illustrations range from early pre-impressions by Maurice Ravel and others and the very earliest jazz recordings through to classics by Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and the dawn of the Swing Era.