The project outputs have included presentations, exhibitions, a booklet, a radio show and an article in an academic journal. There is more detail on all of these on this page.

Rhythm Changes Conference 2019

Picture: Pedro and Brian presenting at Graz.

On 13th April 2019, at the Sixth Rhythm Changes conference, hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz (Austria), we presented for the first time publicly our collaborative project in the form of a joint paper. At the time, still, as a work in progress, we aimed to bring to discussion the use of photography as a potentially fertile field of enquiry of a local jazz scene. To that, we explored the potentialities in using photography as a vehicle to reveal participants’ on and off stage activities in the context of their everyday lives, rather than investigating to the usual stereotypes of gigging musicians or portraits.

Documenting Jazz Conference 2020

Picture: Ruth Angell in front of her panel in the Jazz Journeys: In Performance exhibition at Curzon Building, BCU during the Documenting Jazz Conference 2020.

Between 16th-18th January 2020, took place at Birmingham City University (city centre campus) the second edition of international conference Documenting Jazz. The event brought together during three days to the West Midlands, more than 100 delegates from twenty countries to discuss ways of documenting jazz and jazz as visual culture. The event featured contributions from several members of BCMCR’s Jazz Research Cluster, including the launch of two exhibitions by Dr Pedro Cravinho (Conference Chair) and Brian Homer, entitled “Jazz Journeys” and publication of the Jazz Journeys: Everyday Life booklet.

The conference webpage

Jazz Journeys: Everyday Jazz Life Booklet

To coincide with the Documenting Jazz Conference 2020 and the exhibitions at Centrala and at the Conference we published a A5 booklet featuring the project. Copies were given to all conference delegates and visitors to the Central exhibition.

Exhibition Centrala 2020

Picture: Pedro, Xhosa Cole, David Austin Grey and Brian at the launch of the Centrala Exhibition. Photograph by Alan Ainsworth.

The Jazz Journeys: Everyday Life exhibition featuring the project photographs and quotes ran from January 16th to February 1st 2020 at Centrala in Digbeth, Birmingham. The Launch was on the 17th January during the Documenting Jazz Conference and we had around 100 people attend including delegates from the conference. During the run up to 20 to 30 people saw the show each day it was open.

Jazz Journeys at Black Country Radio

Picture: Brian and Pedro in the Black Country Radio studio.Photograph by Alan Musson.

The Black Country Radio producer and presenter Alan Musson dedicated one his Kaleidoscope jazz programmes to the Jazz Journeys exhibition, which was aired on 13th January 2020.

Jazz Research Journal Article 2020

Another significant output of our collaborative pilot research it is the publication of an academic article on Jazz Research Journal‘s special edition dedicated to ‘Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics.’ As Ian Jeffrey suggests, photographs can be considered as understandable fragments, which invite their viewers’ minds to reflect about them. However, as fragments, pictures of contemporary Birmingham’s jazz musicians as people, not just performers, in the context of their everyday lives can also be understood as records of intention. This visual approach opens up the possibility of new, or under-studied, topics for jazz studies research, for example, those concerning musicians’ off-stage complementary activities, social dynamics within their communities, and the living challenges and constraints.

The authors would like to thank Nick Gebhardt for the invitation to contribute to the ‘Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics’, special issue.

Short Run Photo Book

We have published a short run photo book featuring the project. Its a high quality 25cm x 20cm landscape book which shows the images in better detail and larger than in the booklet. At the moment we have just done a handful of copies to give to the participants with in addition one for to the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media Archive at Birmingham City University as well as one each for the authors and one to send to The British Library. If there is demand we will start selling copies on Blurb where we had them printed. 

Photography Students at Coventry University

Session with Sian Macfarlane & Jo Gane and their Participatory Practice Photography students at Coventry University

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