Brian Homer (above left) and Pedro Cravinho (above right) at their first project meeting in 2018.

This website features photographs and musicians’ quotes from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians’ lives in Birmingham. The project brought together jazz scholar, Dr Pedro Cravinho and freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer, and took place at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), Birmingham City University (BCU). 

Brian Homer photographed by Pedro Cravinho

The Project

Everyday Jazz Life reveals some of the challenges and constraints that local jazz musicians face in developing their musical careers. The participants were saxophonists Chris Young, Joey Walter, Alicia Gardener-Trejo and Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018), pianist David Austin Grey and violinist and vocalist Ruth Angell. Once we had got the agreement of the participants semi-structured interviews were conducted by Cravinho. This was followed by several individual photographic sessions by Homer with each musician in response to the interviews. The quotes in this website are taken from the interviews to complement Homer’s photography of the six musicians. 

Dr Pedro Cravinho interviewing Joey Walter at the Mac Birmingham, photograph by Brian Homer.


Special thanks to all the participants in Everyday Jazz Life. Brian would like to thank Valerie Jenner for her support. Pedro would like to thank Carla and Gonçalo for their support of his adventure in researching Jazz in Birmingham over the last few years. We would also like to acknowledge the support of our colleagues in the BCMCR Jazz Cluster. In addition thanks to The Flash Centre, Birmingham.

This website and its content is copyright © Pedro Cravinho and Brian Homer 2020

All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited without permission from the copyright owners.  Nor may it be transmitted or stored it in any other website or other form of electronic or other retrieval system.

Interviews: copyright ©Pedro Cravinho 2018, 2019
Photographs: copyright ©Brian Homer 2018, 2019
Text: copyright ©Pedro Cravinho and Brian Homer 2020

Project Funded by: BCU, Faculty of Arts, Design and Media, Research Investment Scheme

Website Design: Brian Homer 2020

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