Portujaze: Jazz Cultures, Scenes and Networks in Contemporary Porto Portujaze is a one-year postdoctoral project that falls within the framework of interdisciplinary research carried out in the human and social sciences focus on jazz and improvised music, as both social and musical practices. In recent years, growing attention has been given to the jazz diaspora and its relationship to specific historical, social and political contexts (Johnson 2002, 2017, 2019; Atkins 2003; Bohlman and Plastino 2016). Nevertheless, often lost or misunderstood

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Everyday Jazz Life

This features photographs and musicians’ quotes from a collaborative pilot research project called Everyday Jazz Life: A photographic project on contemporary jazz musicians’ lives in Birmingham. The project brought together jazz scholar, Dr Pedro Cravinho and freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer, and took place at Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), Birmingham City University (BCU). Everyday Jazz Life reveals some of the challenges and constraints that local jazz musicians face in developing their musical careers. The participants were

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Jazz Messengers

Jazz Messengers: The Reception of Jazz and its Promoters in XXth Century Portugal (2010-2013) Jazz Messengers was the first-ever project on jazz funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (‘Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia’, PTDC/EAT-MMU/102624/2008). Hosted at the INET-MD (Aveiro) and the Jazz Studies Centre at the University of Aveiro, coordinated by Susana Sardo, the project was dedicated to the Portuguese jazz promoters in twentieth-century Portugal, included four “messengers”, Luís Villas-Boas (1924-1999), Raul Calado (1931-2018), Manuel

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