Jazz Research Journal special double issue on jazz collectives

Dec 04 2012 Published by under News

Congratulations to Rhythm Changes project team member Nick Gebhardt of Lancaster University for his sterling work as editor of a special DOUBLE issue (that’s over 200 pages, folks) of Jazz Research Journal on jazz collectives: history, theory, practice. You can read pieces in it by other Rhythm Changers, too, among other contributors: Christa Bruckner-Haring, Andrew Dubber, Petter Frost Fadnes, Loes Rusch, as well as Nick’s authoritative introduction. Vol. 5.1-2.


Prof George McKay
University of Salford
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Call for papers: JRJ special issue on jazz collectives

Jan 14 2011 Published by under Events, News

Call for Papers: Jazz Research Journal special issue on jazz collectives

(Guest-editor: Nicholas Gebhardt)

Globe Unity Orchestra, 1975 by Gerard Rouy

The interdisciplinary Jazz Research Journal invites contributors to a special issue on post-World War II jazz collectives. The aim of this issue is to explore the various ways in which collectives such as the Jazz Composera??s Guild in New York, the A.A.C.M. in Chicago or the Globe Unity Orchestra in Berlin opened up new possibilities for making music and redefining the relationship between jazz musicians and their audiences.

Although not restricted to specific themes, possible topics could include:

  • The collective as social, political, or cultural phenomenon
  • Performance practices
  • The history of specific collectives
  • Community music
  • The relation of improvisation to composition
  • The role of collectives in recording, radio and publishing
  • The artist-audience relationship
  • Organizers and activists
  • The politics of venues
  • The artist-business relationship
  • Collectives and jazz education
  • Theories of collectivity
  • Mobility and cultural exchange
  • Trans-national practices/theories


If you are interested in contributing an essay, interview, or review please email a short proposal to n.gebhardt@lancaster.ac.uk.

Deadline for proposals: 4 March 2011

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