UK's biggest regional jazz project needs your help

Article date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 14:34 GMT

Mike Walker, photographed by Daniel ParkerJazz pioneers in the North West have developed a great new website that will bring jazz music to a larger, broader audience. In order for to build a thriving virtual community however, the organisers need to hear from North West musicians and promoters. NWJazzworks, the new regional jazz development organisation, commissioned Lucy Power, the voice behind established website, to ensure their ambitions for the music reach the far corners of the North West. Lucy has worked with Manchester's UKFast to create an intelligent, comprehensive site to serve and enhance the jazz community. The site now needs co-operation from all over the region to populate its diary resources. "From the tip of South Cheshire to the Northern borders of Cumbria, we need to hear from jazz musicians and venues. This way we can provide the region with the most comprehensive and up-to-date gig and venue information in the UK" says Power. "The aim is to cultivate a healthy Web community," says Lawrence Jones of UKFast. “The Internet is the best tool the industry has to encourage interest not only in playing the music, but listening to it as well. The North West region is a large area incorporating five separate counties. is a central platform for jazz music promotion bringing together users from across the region.” "NWjazzworks is using UKFast's technologies to offer visitors the entire jazz experience apart from a live performance!" says Power. “We've got a fantastic dedicated jazz MP3 player offering free downloads of regional artists. This gives music lovers the chance to sample the bands before they click across and discover where they are playing.” "The region has an eclectic mix of jazz performers and the public simply don't know how to access this talent," says Jones who believes sets a new standard in its field. "Our passion for technology combined with their passion for jazz is a winning formula. We're prepared for the site to be very popular." Putting your venue or band on the site is simple. Just log on to, follow links to the relevant page for your region and then fill your details in the ‘add a band' or ‘add a venue' section. Amongst other things, there are also pages dedicated to jazz related businesses, courses and festivals. For more information or to arrange an interview contact Jonathan Bowers UKFast is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.
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