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On March 18  we’ll be searching for Hope. Elmo Hope, that is. Book your tickets now!

January 2018 - Webmaster’s notes

All editions of our radio show “Chelmer Jazz Time” can now be played from Interact>Media>Chelmer Jazz Time.

Breaking news: After 20 years in the job, Larry Newall-Smith has decided it’s time to hand over the role of Membership Secretary to somebody else, although he’s staying on the Committee. And we have a new Committee Member Christine Adgo, and she’s taking over Membership. I’ll be changing lots of things on the site accordingly as soon as I can.

As from 13 January the theatre Box Office is imposing a 1.50 “transaction fee” on all bookings  and for all methods of payment. This is a result of a change in the law about credit card fees - see here for a straightforward explanation. We don’t like it and the committee will be looking at whether there is anything we can do about it.

A member has pointed out that people at the tables sometimes move chairs around to accommodate different numbers of people at their tables (I admit to this!). OK, but it can result in blocking the gangways between the tables making it hard for people to get around. Also, of course, it’s always possible that we might have to evacuate the auditorium in a hurry... So please bear in mind the need to leave spaces big enough to let people move around easily.

I did a wide-ranging 17-minute phone interview with singer Sara Dowling, which will form the basis of most of the January 28 ‘Chelmer Jazz Time’. The good news is that she’s coming back to Chelmsford in September.

I also have an interview with Ted Beament recorded. That should go into the February show.

The January newsletter is now available online in the Members’ Area - along with all the newsletters from late 2015 onwards and most of them going right back to the start in the 1980s. They contain full reviews of old concerts!

Our new radio show Chelmer Jazz Time has started! The second edition went out 7pm on Christmas Eve and later ones will be at the same time on the fourth Sunday of every month from then on. The first one is on catch-up at <> (click ‘Catch Up’ and scroll down until you get the Chelmer Jazz Time) and the second one will join it soon. We’ll play requests - send them here: Requests

There are a lot of things on this site that we put in just to try out and see if they would work. It’s now time to start slimming down. The “Video of the Month” was a favourite idea but the response rate - never that high to start with - has fallen away month by month, which means it didn’t produce the information about likes and dislikes that we hoped for. So December 2017 was the last one, unless there are howls of protest and demands to bring it back.

On the other hand, online membership application is being used and seems to be appreciated, so that will stay. Thinking about adding a “Renew my Membership” function as well...

We’re planning some exciting things in 2018. The Sunday Cramphorn concerts will continue as before, but there will also be “Extra” concerts in evenings and in new venues, all aimed at raising the profile of the Club and of live jazz in Chelmsford, and bringing in the new audience that we need to keep the ticket sales rolling in so that we can keep bringing great jazz musicians to the city.

For those who were unable to get to a concert or wanting a reminder, there are short video clips here.

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