Jazz Research Journal special double issue on jazz collectives

Congratulations to Rhythm Changes project team member Nick Gebhardt of Lancaster University for his sterling work as editor of a special DOUBLE issue (that’s over 200 pages, folks) of Jazz Research Journal on jazz collectives: history, theory, practice. You can read pieces in it by other Rhythm Changers, too, among other contributors: Christa Bruckner-Haring, Andrew Dubber, Petter Frost Fadnes, Loes Rusch, as well as Nick’s authoritative introduction. Vol. 5.1-2.


Prof George McKay
University of Salford
(sent from my phone)

Integration and conversation

We’re in Lancaster having a meeting of (most of) the research team, and some of the talk has centred around developing the way in which we use the internet. For some time now, the Posterous site has been something of a backchannel for us to share things with each other and the official WordPress site has been where we show our outputs. But recently, the lines have been blurring, and we have started to think about them as all being part of the same process.

Rather than the websites being about what we do – we’re more interested in them being how we do what we do. To that end – starting with this post – everything that we send to Posterous will now appear as part of the official Rhythm Changes site. We see no need to compartmentalise them any more (though nor do we see a need to shut down the Posterous site).

We’re also interested in using the internet as a conversational space, and to that end, we’re going to start using Twitter more actively – as a research group – but also as individuals. A few of us are already active on Twitter, but this evening we’re going to be doing a workshop and bringing some of the others up to speed.

With any luck, there’ll be a post shortly that provides links to ALL of our Twitter accounts. In the meantime, follow @rhythmchanges for updates – and feel free to join in the conversation there.

And we particularly invite any conversation and response to the ideas, videos and posts in the comments here on the blog.