Hi everybody and a Happy New Year.
Obviously, the headline topic was the Nelson Jazz & Blues Festival and what a great job Liam and Amanda Ryan did organising it and making it run smoothly. Liam will be submitting a full report during the next week or two and we will have a debriefing meeting to review feedback and discuss future directions.
The other exciting event discussed was the Youth Jazz Competition that we have planned again for June. Some funds have been raised towards it and other sources are being investigated so that we can award prizes in two categories: Big bands and combos up to seven members. It should be even more fun than it was this year.
We will be sending out subscription renewal notices shortly since our financial year is February to January to fit in with the Festival accounting. This is just to remind you of that and that the AGM will be held in March although we have not yet set the date.
Finally, I have some sad news. Carolyn, wife of Ernst Lacher, who served on the committee and played in bands with several of you, died on New Year’s Day. They moved back to Switzerland a few months ago. His email address is email@example.com should you wish to convey your condolences. The committee has already done so.
Nelson Jazz Club
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