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Thinking With Jazz II symposium, Lancaster Jazz Festival, 20 September

Lancaster Jazz Festival logoVery pleased to say I’m involved in this event, at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. I’m talking in an afternoon session with John Cumming of the EFG London Jazz Festival (with which we have future plans), doing a taster about the eccentric history of the jazz festival in Britain, with pictures. Here is some information about the day. A great line-up, really looking forward to it…

Thinking With Jazz is a day-long symposium that takes place during the 2013 Lancaster Jazz Festival. This year, the panelists and keynote speakers include John Cumming (London Jazz Festival), Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3), Gerry Godley (Twelve Points Festival, Dublin), George McKay (University of Salford), Tim Wall (Birmingham City University), Kristin McGee (University of Groningen), Matt Robinson (Lancaster Jazz Festival), Pete Moser (More Music) and Tony Whyton (University of Salford).

Join them to discuss a range of topics including festivals and social media, spaces and places, funding and programming, and artistic dreams and realities.

In the afternoon there will be an open workshop in which symposium participants collaborate on a Grow Your Own Festival resource. Our aim is to provide festival promoters and arts organisations with ideas and practical tools to design festivals which engage local communities in creative and meaningful ways.

Thinking With Jazz 2013 jpeg This event is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre and the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.

For further information, please contact leo@lancasterjazz.com or n.gebhardt@lancaster.ac.uk

The symposium is free to attend, but early registration is necessary, as lunch will be provided. Go to the website here for further information and registration.

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BBC Four, Trad Jazz Britannia

BBC 4 Tra Jazz Britannia screenshotAs one of the television channel’s popular Britannia series around popular music and style, there’s a documentary on BBC Four this Friday, the second of its two in its 1950s series. (The first was Rock & Roll Britannia, shown last week.) It’s called Trad Jazz Britannia.  I feature on it, possibly talking about New Orleans-style marching bands in Britain, particularly on political demonstrations. From the programme’s page on the BBC website:

One hour documentary telling the story of Britain’s post-war infatuation with old New Orleans jazz. With rare 78rpm imports as their only guide, a generation of amateur jazz enthusiasts including Humphrey Lyttelton and Chris Barber created a traditional jazz scene that strove to recreate the essence and freedom of 1920s New Orleans in 1950s Britain. While British youth jived in smoky dives, the music itself was beset by arguments of authenticity. Begging to differ with the source material, Ken Colyer embarked on a pilgrimage to New Orleans in search of the real deal while a larger ideological war raged between mouldy figs and dirty boppers- traditional and modern jazz fans. As its popularity grew, commercial forces descended and a ‘trad’ boom sent the purists running for cover at the turn of the decade – the first and last time New Orleans jazz became British pop.

The programme is broadcast on Friday 24 May, 9 pm, with repeats on Saturday 25 and Monday 27 May.

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