Jazz and Cultural Identity 

In and Out of Europe


A One-Day Conference

with George McKay, Catherine Tackley and Alyn Shipton


June 7th 2019

University of Central Lancashire

All sessions will be held in the Greenbank Lecture Theatre in the Greenbank building.

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10.30 Coffee


11am – Welcome and Keynote

George Mackay (East Anglia), ‘British jazz festivals in/and sites of transatlantic slave trade heritage’


11.45 Panel 1: Jazz and Continental Philosophy 

MarithéVan Der Aa (Oxford), ‘Jazz and Nothingness: An Existential Approach to Improvisation and Music Performance’

Alexander Douglas (ADM), ‘Adorno and Sartre on jazz: a cautionary tale for musical hermeneutics’

Lawrence Woof (Edge Hill), ‘Grappelli and Forgetting’


12.45 Lunch


1.30 – Keynote

Catherine Tackley (Liverpool), ‘Tales of the Jazz Age: a British story’.


2.15-3.15 Panel 2: Archives and Broadcasts

Tim Wall (Birmingham City), ‘British Radio Broadcasting and the idea of European Jazz 1962 to 1972’

Nicolas Pillai (Birmingham City), ‘Impact on television screens: quantifying Jazz 625’

Pedro Cravinho (Birmingham City), ‘Jazz, Television, and Politics: Encounters with jazz on television in Portugal’


3.30-4.15 Panel 3: ‘Jazz Manouche’ Contexts and Practices

Jeremiah Spillane (Goldsmiths), ‘Codifying Jazz Manouche: A Brief History and Definition of Jazz Manouche in Relation to the Belgian and Dutch Manouche Community’


Tom Sykes (Liverpool College), Matt Holborn (Latchepen) and Lawrence Woof (Edge Hill), ‘The Jazz Violin’


4.15-5 Keynote

Alyn Shipton, ‘Django’s People’