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Jazz People

Roger Fagge

Dr Roger Fagge, School of Comparative American Studies

I have a longstanding interest in the history of music, and have taught widely on Jazz and popular music. I am currently working on a paper looking at Priestley's critical engagement with music, which acts as a preface to a wider study of the relationship between British Intellectuals and Jazz (critics, writers, fans). This will allow an analysis of Jazz writing that considers signs of 'primitivism', anti-Americanism, anti-modernism and contested modernism. The research will focus on post 1945, and will include a consideration of Eric Hobsbawn, Philip Larkin, (Kingsley) Amis, Charles Fox, and John Wain. Finally I maintain a passionate interest in the Beats, including their relationship with jazz, and their transnational influence.

Robert Jackson

Professor Robert Jackson, Centre for Education Studies

Beyond his academic activities, Professor Jackson plays jazz trombone and sings blues and jazz songs. He works as a freelance musician in the English Midlands and also occasionally plays jazz while out doing lectures in Europe (with the Rasmus Sand Trio in Stavanger, Norway and the Swingcats in Karlstad, Sweden). Professor Jackson is a Patron of the Humph Trust, which supports young jazz musicians in building their careers, and in partnership with the Royal Academy of Music Jazz Department offers an annual Award to an outstanding young jazz musician.

Roger Magraw

Emeritus Reader Roger Magraw, Department of History

Jazz and popular culture in France, c.1920 to c.1960.

Nicolas Pillai 2

Dr Nicolas Pillai, Department of Film and Television Studies

I am currently researching and writing my first book, on jazz and screen modernism. A frequent invited speaker at the National Jazz Archive, I have also lectured at the British Music Experience Museum in the O2 arena and given the keynote address at the Jazz and Cinema conference 2013 at Cardiff University. I run the JAZZPROJECTOR screening night at The Vortex Club and act as a reviewer for London Jazz News.