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 saxophonists Chris Young, Joey Walter, Alicia Gardener-Trejo and Xhosa Cole (BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2018), pianist David Austin Grey and violinist and vocalist Ruth Angell. Once we had got the agreement of the participants semi-structured interviews were conducted by Cravinho. This was followed by several individual photographic sessions by Homer with each musician in response to the interviews.

Tis project has been followed by two more and we have now covered 26 musicians in total. See thje website below for more information. We have also published a book which you can order below from my colleague Brian Homer.


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Everyday Jazz Lives
Encounters with the Birmingham Scene

Since 2019 jazz researcher and ethnomusicologist Pedro Cravinho and freelance photographer Brian Homer have been investigating the jazz scene in Birmingham UK.

By interviewing and photographing jazz musicians they have been able to provide a glimpse into these musicians’ lives both on and off stage. Beyond the visual stereotypes of jazz performance they have revealed some of the interesting and unusual activities that musicians take part in. This has involved Brian in photographing musicians in some unexpected places including on a building site, in an operating theatre and on a post round.

The photographs and interview quotes highlight little seen aspects of musician’s lives and how they negotiate developing their careers and their everyday lives. The book features 26 Birmingham area based musicians with each shown in a performance-related situation and in an off-stage other activity.

200mm wide by 260mm tall, black and white 64 pages + cover, perfect bound.

£15 including post and packing  (UK addresses)

Contact me for International shipping information.

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