TheA?Arts & Humanities Research CouncilA?(AHRC) is currently a partner of theA?Cheltenham Festivals, and organises a set of public lectures and panel talks by AHRC-funded researchers A?at each of the four festivals (jazz, music, literature, science) through the year.
Professor George McKay has worked with Cheltenham Jazz Festival and the AHRC to curate the series of talks at this year”s festival. There are three talks (information taken from festival website):
- “Denys Baptiste: Struggle and Liberation.” Saturday 3 May, 6-7 pm.A?The history of jazz is inseparable from the struggle for racial equality andA?Denys Baptistea??s suiteA?Now is the Timea??Let Freedom RingA?captures this in music. He talks to leading British jazz academicA?Professor Tony WhytonA?about how he drew from Dr. Martin Luther Kinga??s powerful speech.
- “What makes a jazz legend?” Sunday 4 May, 6.45-7.45 pm.A?What does it take for a jazz musician to become iconic? ProfessorsA?McKayA?(AHRCA?Leadership Fellow) andA?Tony WhytonA?(Project Director, Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities) discuss how musicians made jazz history a?? or got written out a?? from Winifred Atwell to John Coltrane.
- “The story of British jazz festivals”. Monday 5 May, 5-6 pm.A?Professor McKayA?(AHRCA?Leadership Fellow) leads a panel of festival organisers and researchers, including the Festivala??s Programme AdvisorA?Tony Dudley-Evans, as they trace the memories and significance of Britaina??s jazz festivals, from their riotous origins at Beaulieu Jazz Festival in 1956 to todaya??s diverse festival scene. Also features Alison Eales, AHRC-funded PhD student, who holds a Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of Glasgow and Glasgow Jazz Festival.
Here, again, since we”re on the subject, is the film we made recently about AHRC-funded collaborations between jazz festivals and academic researchers…