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The Chipping Norton Blog is a collection of diary entries, news, gossip and other Chipping Norton related information.

Chippy Jazz is not dead
Every September for the past seventeen years, New Orleans has come to Chipping Norton! During the one-day Chippy Jazz and Music (CJAM) Festival, the streets, pubs, cafes and wine bars of Chipping Norton resound with mellow notes and blue notes, with the unmistakable sounds of jazz: blown, plucked, scraped and sung. Chippy's friendly little gem of a jazz festival takes place in venues throughout the town centre, with outside performances too. All money raised by CJAM goes to charity.

But sadly, 2014 seemed likely to be the festival's final year.

Chippy Jazz was founded in 1997 by the late Mike Howes, who then continued to organize it every year until his death in 2014. Thanks to Mike's hard work and persistence, Chippy Jazz grew and grew, eventually becoming known as CJAM (Chippy Jazz and Music). During Mike's final illness, Chipping Norton Rotary Club took over the organization of CJAM. But competing Rotary commitments prevented them from continuing with this. So CJAM 2015 looked unlikely to happen.

In July 2015 however, local jazz musician Dave Favis-Mortlock decided that Chippy Jazz must not be allowed to fade away after so many successful years. So with the assistance of other jazz colleagues, he volunteered to organize CJAM 2015. Preparations are now well under way, with over 14 bands booked to play on Sunday 20th September 2015. "Still, the tight timing of this changeover has forced a reduction in the scale of this year's event. We were not able to organize a Town Hall concert this year, for example", said Dave. "But never fear! The music at CJAM 2015 will be better than ever. And if you've been to CJAM before, then you'll know just how warm a welcome to expect, how much great music you will hear, and just much fun you will have! If you haven't been before, then you have a very nice surprise in store... Either way: see you on Sunday 20th September? We hope so!"

For more information on Chippy Jazz and Music 2015, see http://chippyjazz.com

Posted : 26/08/2015 14:05:12

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