Rethinking Jazz Cultures Photo Gallery

Apr 24 2013 Published by under Events

Keynote provocationIf you’re still having Conference withdrawal symptoms and enjoyed the Storified Twitter feed and London Jazz Blog Conference summary below, why not check out the photo gallery of selected images from the Rethinking Jazz Cultures event here?

A big thank you to Ian Patterson, Andrew Dubber, George McKay and Walter van de Leur for sharing their images with us! Feel free to send in more images and we’ll add them to the gallery.

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Conference summary

Apr 22 2013 Published by under Events, News

Sebastian Scotney has published my summary of the Salford Rhythm Changes conference on his site:

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Rethinking Jazz Cultures, Thursday night concert offer, Band on the Wall, Manchester

Apr 10 2013 Published by under Events

And here is another good deal for delegates coming to the Rhythm Changes conference this week in Salford. After the opening reception at CUBE Gallery in Manchester city centre on Thursday, we”ve arranged a special discount for a terrific jazz gig at one of the city”s leading live music club venues, the Band on the Wall. (25 Swan Street, in the Northern Quarter.) It just keeps getting better and better …

A very special jazz double bill featuring the spectacular and visceral mash-up of rock, jazz and dance music of Troyka plus the Anton Hunter Trio whose debut at last year”s Manchester Jazz Festival got everyone talking about this immensely creative new outfit.


Troyka are Chris Montague (guitars and loops), Joshua Blackmore (drums) and Kit Downes (organ), three young musicians based in London whose intense live shows have seen them hotly tipped to follow in the foot steps of Polar Bear and Portico Quartet and become the next young band to explode from the capitala??s fertile jazz scene. A multi-textured trio with a febrile imagination where no role is pre-defined, their music twists and mutates in an ongoing dialogue inspired by a shared love of Aphex Twin, the angular world of iconclastic New York saxophonist Tim Berne and the blues-jazz-rock groove of legendary Steely Dan and Billy Cobham guitarist Wayne Krantz.

Anton Hunter Trio

The Anton Hunter Trio made its debut at Band On The Wall at Manchester Jazz Festival 2012 and showcases material at the borders of composition and improvisation. More introspective and spacious than his work with HAQ or the Beats & Pieces Big Band, there is, as ever, still plenty of room for freedom and exploration within the structures, whilst not letting go of strong melodies. The trio is completed by his “Skamel” bandmates Johnny Hunter on drums and James Adolpho on bass.

This concert begins at 8pm but the venue”s Picturehouse Cafe Bar is open earlier for delicious food and drinks. Full price tickets at the door are A?14.00 but Rhythm Changes delegates pay A?8.00. Yes, in these hard economic times, we are still supporting venues, live musicians, but also looking after our delegates!

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Thinking With Jazz symposium, Lancaster University, 21 September 2012

Sep 17 2012 Published by under Events, News

Thinking With Jazz

This one-day event is co-organised with Lancaster Jazz Festival, and features well-known jazz journalists, practitioners, and academics discussing issues of nationalism in jazz, the cultural politics of jazz, and the meaning of improvisation. This free event is informal and open to the public.

10 A.M.
Coffee and Welcome (Foyer, LICA Building)

10.30 A.M.
Session 1: Jazz Nation (A29, LICA Building)
Chair: Tony Whyton
Panel: Deborah Mawer, Alyn Shipton and Catherine Tackley

12 P.M. a?? 1 P.M.
Lunch Break

1 P.M. a?? 2.30 P.M.
Session 2: The Cultural Politics of This course has the following components:A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Teams define project ideasA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Collect necessary dataA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Team-directed work w/ faculty guidanceA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Boneyard Creek StormwaterA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? C-U Wastewater Treatment PlantA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Abbott Power PlantA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Assembly Hall Field TripA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? RecyclingA?Materials in TransportationA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Green InfrastructureA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Boneyard Creek Stormwater ManagementA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Engineering, Policy and LawA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? Waste to EnergyA?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?A?a??A?A?A?A?A? 4D Chair: George McKay
Panel: Alan Rice, Walter van de Leur and Tim Wall

2.30 P.M. a?? 3 P.M.
Coffee Break (Foyer, LICA Building)

3 P.M. a?? 4.30 P.M.
Session 3: Improvisations (Jack Hylton Room)
Chair: Nicholas Gebhardt
Panel: Christophe de Bezenac, Kathy Dyson and Adam Fairhall

6 P.M.
Drinks Sun Street Stompers (Dukes Bar, Lancaster)
7.30 P.M.
Sun CafA? (Sun Street, Lancaster)

For further information contact Nick Gebhardt on or check out the festival website at

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Rhythm Changes Conference 2013

Jun 14 2012 Published by under News

Call for Papers
Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures
11-14 April 2013, Media City UK/University of Salford
An international conference hosted by the Rhythm Changes research project at the University of Salford.

Keynote Speakers
E. Taylor Atkins, Northern Illinois University
David Ake, University of Nevada, Reno

“From its beginnings, jazz has presented a somewhat contradictory social world: Jazz musicians have worked diligently to tear down old boundaries, but they have just as resolutely constructed new ones; jazz provided one of the first locations of successful interracial cooperation in America, yet it has also served to perpetuate negative stereotypes and to incite racial unrest.a?? Continue Reading »

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