What if the jazz world were perfect?

Soweto Kinch - he will be giving the opening address at the Rhythm Changes  conference

Soweto Kinch – he will be giving the opening address at the Rhythm Changes conference

Ever wondered what a jazz utopia would look like? There’s a chance to catch a glimpse later this week at Birmingham City University.

The fourth Rhythm Changes conference, its declared aim “bringing jazz researchers together, in Europe”, has the specific sub-title Jazz Utopia, and introducing us to that dream state on Thursday will be saxophonist, hip-hop MC and presenter of BBC Radio 3’s prestige new jazz programme, Jazz Now, Soweto Kinch.

Key note speakers at the conference will be Ingrid Monson, Quincy Jones Professor of African American music at Harvard University and the author of Freedom Sounds: Civil Rights Call Out to Jazz and Africa; and Raymond MacDonald, Professor of Music Psychology and Improvisation and Head of The Reid school of Music at Edinburgh University.

There will be break-out discussions on such subjects as Jazz, Apartheid and Secular Paradise; Sustaining Jazz Music’s Material Culture; Jazz Collectives; and Old and New Standards. In among the deep thinking and serious talking there will be performances by the Mike Fletcher Jazz Orchestra and Sean Gibbs’ Mozaic.

  • For full details of Rhythm Changes IV: Jazz Utopia, which runs from Thursday 14 April to Sunday 17 April, go HERE.


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