Continental Drift: 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) this unique conference will present 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 is aimed at a broad audience including academics, educators, musicians, music students and jazz-fans, and will provide 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 – will present informed and lively debate around the history of jazz on record, and will cast an eye to the future of its production and dissemination.


Continental Drift: 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 www.continentaldriftconference.co.uk.

We hope that the combined inputs provide a platform for continuing collaborative investigation and aim to build on these activities at the 2017 conference, Continental Drift: a century of jazz on record which to be held in Edinburgh on the 15th and 16th of July. See call for papers below:

The work is open access so please feel free to share and distribute as you wish – we are keen to ensure that this work is not limited to an academic audience.


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

Photo Gallery 2016

Click on image to go to 2016 Conference Photo Gallery page