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Jazz Research Journal

Catherine Tackley The Open University
Tony Whyton University of Salford

Jazz Research Journal explores a range of cultural and critical views on jazz. The journal celebrates the diversity of approaches found in jazz scholarship and provides a forum for interaction and the cross-fertilisation of ideas. It is a development and extension of The Source: Challenging Jazz Criticism founded in 2004 at the Leeds College of Music.

The journal aims to represent a range of disciplinary perspectives on jazz, from musicology to film studies, sociology to cultural studies, and offers a platform for new thinking on jazz. In this respect, the editors particularly welcome articles that challenge traditional approaches to jazz and encourage writings that engage with jazz as a discursive practice.

Jazz Research Journal publishes original and innovative research that either extends the boundaries of jazz scholarship or explores themes which are central to a critical understanding of the music, including the politics of race and gender, the shifting cultural representation of jazz, and the complexity of canon formation and dissolution.

In addition to articles, the journal features a reviews section that publishes critical articles on a variety of media, including recordings, film, books, educational products and multimedia publications.

Jazz Research Network members can subscribe to the journal at a discount.

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ISSN: 1753-8637 (print)
ISSN: 1753-8645(online)



New Directions in Jazz Studies – One-Day Symposium

Friday 5th June 2015 – Senate House, University of London

This one-day symposium aims to foster a network of postgraduates and ECRs working within the broad area of jazz studies in the UK. Participants will critically reflect on existing research methodologies, and explore future directions for the academic study of jazz. With this aim in mind, we invite papers of no more than 20 minutes, allowing time for questions and extended discussion.
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Vol 7, No 1 (2013)

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Jazz in Britain special issue

Table of Contents


Editorial: Transnational perspectives on jazz PDF HTML
Catherine Tackley , Tony Whyton 5-7


‘They’ve really gone to town with all that bunting’: the influence and (in)visibility of Glasgow’s Jazz Festival PDF HTML
Alison Caroline Eales 9-21
The ‘grave disease’: interwar British writers look at ragtime and jazz PDF HTML
Robert Lawson-Peebles 23-40
Jazz on the border: jazz and dance bands in Chester and North Wales in the mid-twentieth century PDF HTML
Helen Vera Southall 49-77
‘We’ve got a gig in Poland!’: Britain and jazz in World War II PDF HTML
Will Studdert 79-111
Post-World War II Jazz in Britain: Venues and Values 1945–1970 PDF HTML
Katherine Ann Williams 113-131


Duncan Heining, Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960–1975. Sheffield: Equinox, 2012. 495 pp. ISBN 978-1-84553-405-9 (hbk) £29.99/ $45.00. PDF HTML
Tom Sykes 132-136
K. Heather Pinson, The Jazz Image: Seeing Music Through Herman Leonard’s Photography. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2010. 240 pp. ISBN 978- 1604734942 (hbk) £29.74. PDF HTML
Paul McIntyre 137-142

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