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A Generous Donation from Jazz Legend and MU Member

Trombonist Malcolm Griffiths – who sadly passed away in January 2021 – left a generous donation of instruments from his own collection, which have now been passed on to the Kent Music instrument library to inspire a future generation of musicians.

Published: 01 October 2021 | 12:54 PM Updated: 06 October 2021 | 3:31 PM
Close up photograph of a tenor trombone.
Kent Music will be making sure the instruments are passed on to passionate and talented young players to help them on their musical journey. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Malcolm Griffiths had a career of over five decades, and through the 1960s and 70s was at the core of the British jazz scene and forefront of an exciting new generation of trombonists. He was well known as a talented and memorable improviser, and worked with many luminaries of the British jazz scene.

Griffiths' donation included a drum kit, an upright piano, and (of course) four trombones. Now a part of the Kent Music instrument library, Kent Music will be making sure these instruments are passed on to passionate and talented young players to help them on their musical journey.

Speaking on the donation, the Musicians’ Union Head of Membership Wasim Yunus said:

“The MU is humbled by Malcolm’s generosity, and we’re privileged to have played a part in keeping alive his legacy; a legacy of inspiring and educating generations of musicians in and around Kent.”

You can find out more about Malcolm Griffiths and the Kent Music instrument library on Kent Music’s website.

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