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Coronavirus and the London Jazz Orchestra 

By now I'm sure most of you will be aware of the precarious position of self-employed musicians in the UK.

Thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on creating the things you love are staring at months of literally no income, overnight. There aren’t many of us that could handle such a financial shock and we're all looking around at how we can get through this challenging time.

To that end, we're going to start featuring individual members of the London Jazz Orchestra on our Facebook page as well as here on our website where you can help support them by buying their music and/or merchandise.

First up is our lead alto player, Martin Speake, where we've shared the details of his beautiful album "Intention". Martin is also available for remote lessons, where he can teach either saxophone or improvisation for any instrument.

If you were intending to come to an LJO gig this month, please consider showing your support by buying a CD or two from members of our band instead. If you can't come to us, let us come (virtually) to you.

Looking forward to our Vortex benefit gig with Norma Winstone  

In advance of our upcoming fundraiser for The Vortex jazz club, here's an interview with Norma Winstone conducted by our very own Martin Speake. 

On the 30th May 2012 Martin Speake interviewed Norma Winstone at Trinity Laban. 
He starts off, as in most of his interviews, asking what were her earliest memories of music as child in the home. 
It then leads on from there! 

She covers most of her life and has great memory for all the details and significant musical influences that has led her to unique sound.