Everyday Jazz Lives: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham

Cravinho, Pedro and Homer, Brian (2020) Everyday Jazz Lives: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians lives in Birmingham. Jazz Research Journal, 13 (1-2). ISSN 1753-8637

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Abstract

This article examines fragments of a local jazz scene through photographs. It is theoutcome of a collaborative pilot research project entitled 'Everyday Jazz Life: A PhotographicProject on Contemporary Jazz Musicians' Lives in Birmingham' that took placeat Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, and brought together an academicand a photographer. As Ian Jeffrey suggests, photographs can be consideredas understandable fragments, which invite their viewers' minds to reflect about them.However, as fragments, photographs of contemporary Birmingham's jazz musicians aspeople, not just performers, in the context of their everyday lives can also be understoodas records of intention illuminating how musicians view themselves, the local jazz scene,and how they negotiate their lives while expanding their music. This visual approachopens up the possibility of new, or under-studied, topics for jazz studies research, forexample, those concerning musicians' off-stage complementary activities, social dynamicswithin their communities, and the living challenges and constraints.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1558/jazz.39943
Date: 14 February 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jazz; United Kingdom; Birmingham; Photography; Ethnomusicology
Subjects: W300 Music
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Pedro Cravinho Lopes
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2019 10:42
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2020 14:49
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8511

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