Continental Drift 2017: A century of jazz on record

A two-day conference organised by Edinburgh Napier University in association with the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival.

15-16 July, 2017 at the Rose Theatre, Edinburgh

Reflecting the theme of the 2017 Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (the centenary of jazz) the conference presented a range of panellists with academic expertise and practical experience in key areas of activity that relate to history, practice, and innovation in recorded jazz, and its place within culture and commerce. The conference was aimed at a broad audience including academics, educators, musicians, music students and jazz-fans, and provided an opportunity for insights into, (and the critique of) the communities, networks, institutions and industries that support and sustain the production and dissemination of jazz on record.

The conference – through a programme of panel discussions, presentations, and performances – presented informed and lively debates around the history of jazz on record, and cast an eye to the future of its production and dissemination. Keynote address and panel sessions were recorded and are available as podcasts on iTunes and from the conference website.

Click on the link below to read journalist Neil Cooper’s inspired and energising panel presentation:

Adventures En Route to a Jazz Education: How Larry Stabbins Changed My Life

Link to Professor George McKay’s blog discussing themes from his thought-provoking and life-affirming keynote address:

George McKay: professor, writer, musician

Continental Drift: A century of jazz on record (2017 Conference) Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery 2017
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Continental Drift 2016: 50 years of jazz from Europe

Conference Proceedings

We are pleased to announce the publication of conference proceedings from Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe, held in Edinburgh on July 16th – 17th, 2016.

The publication provides a snapshot of the breadth of perspectives that were presented during two days of lively debate and complements video and podcast outputs from four themed panel sessions available on the conference website.

We hope that the combined inputs from the first two years of Continental Drift provides a platform for continuing collaborative investigation and aim to build on these activities in years to come. The work is open access so please feel free to share and distribute as you wish – we are committed to ensuring that conference outputs are not limited to an academic audience.


Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz from Europe (2016 Conference) Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery 2016

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