Renowned jazz collectors fair for Manchester

Dig and MellyThis year’s convention of the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors (IAJRC) takes place at the Park Inn by Radisson Manchester Victoria from 22-24 September.
The Convention, which is only held outside north America every six or seven years, will have a distinctive European flavour, in both its programming and the live jazz, with presentations including: Modern Jazz in Manchester, 1946-72; Austrian Jazz; Jazz Collecting in “Ancient” Britain - 1942; and Black Europe - Early Acoustic Recordings.
On the live side there will be Mike Durham’s Classic Jazz Band playing jazz of the 1920s and Digby Fairweather (pictured with the late George Melly) and His Half Dozen playing mainstream.
Jazz fans who are non-members can join the IAJRC and pay their membership/convention fee together at any time and receive a discount.
Paul Simpson, manager director of Visit Manchester, used the event as opportunity for an amusing plug for Manchester, apparently not aware of the essentially traditional character of the IAJRC:

“As the home town of a number of international artists such as The Smiths, Oasis and Joy Division, Manchester is already established on the music world stage.
“We look forward to stretching its musical remit even further by celebrating the city’s contemporary jazz scene. With well renowned jazz venues such as Band on the Wall and Matt & Phred’s, along with the annual jazz festival, Manchester is a natural host for a convention of this type.”
For additional information and full programming for the convention visit the IAJRC website or contact Ian Tiele at +1 708-268-7873 or at

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