Dr Pedro Cravinho (above right) is the Keeper of the Archives at the Faculty of Arts, Design & Media, and a Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. His work focuses on the twentieth-century jazz diaspora social, political and musical history. Since mid-2015, he has been conducting original research about jazz in Birmingham (UK). As an author and editor advisor, he has collaborated in several international publications, such as Jazz and Totalitarianism (2017, Routledge), The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context (2018, Equinox), and The Oxford History of Jazz in Europe (forthcoming, Oxford University Press). Currently, he is working in his monograph, Encountering Jazz and Television in Cold War Era Portugal (forthcoming, Routledge). Cravinho is a member of the Editorial Board of Jazz-Hitz. He is a Trustee for the National Jazz Archive, a board member of the Duke Ellington Society UK, a member of Jazz Promotion Network, and co-founder and board member of Portugal Jazz (Portuguese Jazz Network). Dr Cravinho is a SEDA Accredited Research Supervisor and welcomes PhD students interested in exploring topics related to Jazz, Media and Archives.
Brian Homer (above left) is a photographer, writer, and designer who until recently ran his own agency Homer Creative. Brian, with Derek Bishton and John Reardon ran the seminal Handsworth Self Portrait project in 1979 and in that year also co-founded Ten 8 Photographic Magazine. He has run many photographic self portrait projects including sets for the opening of the Library of Birmingham and for the 50 year anniversary of Telford. He has been a jazz fan for more than 50 years and since 2012 been increasingly active on the UK jazz scene and has a large jazz photography portfolio including gig and commissioned artist images. He also has experience in oral history projects. From 2012 to 2016 he was on the board of Birmingham Jazz.
Brian Homer’s website
The authors are current members of the BCMCR Jazz Research Cluster. They can be contacted through the form on the Contact page.