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.
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