Dr Nicolas Pillai is a Research Fellow in the School of Media at Birmingham City University. He is the author of Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and the Dissonant Image (2017, I. B. Tauris) and co-editor of New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice (2017, Routledge). He was recently awarded a prestigious AHRC Research Leadership Fellowship to conduct a two-year project entitled ‘Jazz on BBC-TV 1960-1969’. His research has been published in The Soundtrack journal and Darmstadt Studies in Jazz. Writing for a more general audience, he has written liner notes for the British Film Institute Blu-ray and DVD releases of Paris Blues and Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. He is currently working on: chapters for The Routledge Companion to New Jazz Studies, The Routledge Companion to Popular Music History and Heritage and The Oxford History of Jazz in Europe; an edited collection on late Miles Davis; a special issue of Jazz Research Journal on the subject of ‘Jazz and Television.’
Tim Wall is Professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies and Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media at Birmingham City University. He researches into music industries and cultures and music and radio. He has led knowledge exchange projects with music and radio organisations and the wider creative industries. He was formerly an AHRC Knowledge Exchange Fellow and the Principle Investigator of the BBC Listeners Online project.
His recent publications have included the second edition of his book Studying Popular Music Culture, and articles on music radio online, punk fanzines, the transistor radio, personal music listening, popular music on television, television music histories, jazz collectives, Duke Ellington on the radio, The X Factor and radio sound. He is currently editing a book on the Northern Soul Scene and writing the history of jazz on BBC radio from 1923 to 1973.
Pedro Cravinho currently is a Doctoral Visiting Researcher at Birmingham City University (BCU). Cravinho is conducting his PhD research on Jazz and Television in Portugal during Estado Novo regime (1956-1974), at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, under supervision of Prof. Rosário Pestana (UA, PT), and co-supervision of Prof. Nick Gebhardt (BCU, UK). His researches interests include Jazz Studies and Media Studies, with a particular interest in jazz and television, as also, the political and social history of Jazz Diaspora during the 20th century. He has numerous published and forthcoming articles on Portuguese jazz.