Dr Pedro Cravinho (above right) is the Keeper of the Archives at the Faculty of Arts, Design & Media (Birmingham City University).

As Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, his work focuses on the twentieth-century jazz diaspora social, political and musical history. Since mid-2015, he has been conducting original research about jazz in Birmingham (UK). Recently has been working with freelancer photographer, Brian Homer, on a collaborative research project, “Everyday Jazz Life: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians’ lives in Birmingham”.

As an author and editor advisor, he has collaborated in several international publications, such as Jazz and Totalitarianism (2017, Routledge), The History of European Jazz: The Music, Musicians and Audience in Context (2018, Equinox), and The Oxford History of Jazz in Europe (forthcoming, Oxford University Press),and currently is working in his monograph, Encountering Jazz and Television in Cold War Era Portugal (forthcoming, Routledge). He is a member of the Editorial Board of Jazz-Hitz. He is a Trustee for the National Jazz Archive, a board member of the Duke Ellington Society UK, a member of Jazz Promotion Network, and co-founder and board member of Portugal Jazz (Portuguese Jazz Network).

Dr Cravinho is a SEDA Accredited Research Supervisor and welcomes PhD students interested in exploring topics related to Jazz, Media and Archives.


Cravinho began his musical career as a self-taught electric bassist taking part of Oporto’s late 1980s pop-rock scene. Cravinho got a music education on classical double bass and studied jazz (electric bass and double bass) before starting a career as a freelance bassist and educator. After taking a degree in Musicology (BMus) and a PhD in Ethnomusicology/Jazz Studies at the University of Aveiro (Portugal), he became a full-time researcher.

As an educator, Cravinho worked at the Escola de Jazz do Porto, and the Escola Profissional de Jazz do Porto, among other music schools in North Portugal. He was the founder of JAM – Jazz Ao Minho, collective jazz focused on improvised music in Braga. Cravinho was the Head of Jazz Department at ArtEduca – Conservatório Regional de Vila Nova de Famalicão.

As a researcher, Cravinho belonged to the Centro de Estudos de Jazz (Jazz Studies Centre) at the University of Aveiro, working on José Duarte’s Collection, and lecturing History of Jazz – Jazz in Portugal course (MA Jazz Students). In the same institution, as a full-time researcher, Cravinho took part in the first-ever jazz research project in Portugal – “Jazz Messengers: The reception of Jazz and its promoters in Twenty-Century Portugal”, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology.

As a lecturer, Cravinho worked at the Conservatório de Música de Coimbra (Research Methods and History of Jazz), where he was also the Jazz Scientific Coordinator (PAP) of the Curso Profissional de Instrumentistas de Música de Jazz, before moving to the UK, where he became a Doctoral Visiting Researcher in the Music Department at the University of York, before joining Birmingham City University.

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