Formed from the aspirations of two people in 1991 Jazzhouse has grown into a not for profit organisation run by six volunteers with funding support from Arts Council England, Nottinghamshireshire County Council, Gedling Borough Council, the PRS (Performing Rights Society).
Our regular venue at Arnold's Bonington Theatre provides a convivial atmosphere, a fabulous Steinway piano, good acoustics and a space that works well either using raked seating or cabaret style with tables and chairs.
Working with our consortium partner Lakeside Arts Centre we are proud of the programme of high quality performances in jazz and contemporary music that are regularly run under the umbrella title of "Jazzsteps".
Our current aims and objectives are:
- to continue to provide a varied, high quality programme of jazz and contemporary music performances bringing to Nottinghamshireshire the finest musicians to be found in these musical genres
- to facilitate a jazz education programme in schools and colleges
- to improve the profile of local musicians in the East Midlands through their association with high profile artists at workshops and concerts around the region.
Lakeside Arts Centre, the University of Nottingham's public arts centre based in the beautiful parkland setting of Highfields Park, is proud to be a partner in delivering Nottingham's Jazz Steps programme.
Two of our venues - the Djanogly Recital Hall, and the Djanogly Theatre - host acoustic and non-acoustic performers respectively in theatre-style seating. Some highlights from 2005-06 included The Tord Gustavsen Trio, Ordesa and The Stan Sulzmann/John Parricelli Quintet with Kenny Wheeler, and Jan Kopinski & Reflektor's new multi-media performance Mirrors.
When coming to a concert at either of the venues, it's possible to enjoy a bite to eat at Aqua between 6 and 8 pm. During the period September - mid November, Aqua have a special offer of one glass of house wine per person for every two course meal purchased! To book a table telephone 0115 8467179.
Our own website carries details of Lakeside's entire programme, which in addition to other aspects of contemporary, classical and early music, offers information about theatre, dance, comedy, literature, film, exhibition and participative programmes.