A LIFELINE jazz gig has raised vital funds which promises to keep the Doncaster jazz scene alive and well for at least another year.
The future of the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association had looked bleak after Doncaster Council said it could no longer justify funding the award-winning group.
But a gig at top London venue Ronnie Scott’s jazz club raised £22,000 in what association founder and director John Ellis described as the ‘most extraordinary of nights’.
Current members of the jazz group performed alongside singer Neneh Cherry and DYJA alumni Andy Cato from Groove Armada - who organised the concert.
Andy contacted the DYJA last year when he heard about its plight and his efforts resulted in a donation of £5,000 from Simon Moran of SJM Concerts and £15,000 from a night in Ibiza.
He called the gig as a ‘memorable night’ adding: “After all the DYJA has done for me and thousands of others over the years, throwing a party or two is the least I can do.”
Mr Ellis MBE said: “We have been enormously grateful for the support received from Doncaster Council over the past nine years, and we understand and recognise the need for cuts.
“I am so appreciative of all the artists involved at Ronnie Scott’s, who gave freely on their time and expertise in support.
“We are now in a better position to plan, to develop and to seek additional sustainable funding from other sources.
“We cannot thank Andy Cato enough. We have great memories of a fantastic night which will be remembered for a long time to come.”
Mayor Peter Davies said that the DYJA had been “well-treated” by the council over a long period of time but it could no longer continue financial support.