The Club was formed in 1984 after a public meeting was held in the foyer of the Trinity Arts Centre. A Committee was chosen on the spot and the Club began organising concerts immediately. We chose to try to support the more Traditional Jazz though included Mainstream as well. Standard concerts were held in the Trinity Foyer bar and more important ones in the main auditorium. We were able to get some financial support from The Arts Council and soon had over 200 members. We were able, at that time, to put posters up in various locations around the town and get a mention for each concert in the Kent and Sussex Courier but more recently both of these things ceased to be possible so we started to advertise on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages instead to no avail!
We soon also put concerts on at various other venues around the town such as The Spa Hotel, the Hotel du Vin (then the Calverley Hotel), The Corn Exchange (awful acoustics), King Charles Church Hall and St Barnabas Church Hall. After a disastrous failure at the Trinity Arts Centre auditorium when we lost about £900 we concluded that it would be unwise to continue using that venue which was becoming increasingly expensive and now included various extra charges. Eventually we decided to use only The Masonic Centre which is a nice venue with good parking etc.
We were a Registered Educational Charity and have always tried to encourage and support young musicians. At one time we ran our own “youth in jazz” orchestra comprising young musicians from local schools and supported the Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra by giving them concert opportunities at our Club.
Our remaining funds have now been donated to another musical Charity.