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First Professor in Residence at The London Jazz Festival

Date: 21/10/2014

Professor George McKay, Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities programme, is the first academic ever to be appointed ‘Professor in Residence’ at a jazz festival.

In conjunction with Serious and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Professor McKay will be joining the team of The EFG London Jazz Festival on 1 November 2014.

Professor McKay's research includes ‘Radical Gardening’(2011),‘Shakin' All Over: Popular Music & Disability’(2013),‘The Pop Festival’(2015), and ‘Circular Breathing: The Cultural Politics of Jazz In Britain’(2005).

Professor McKay said:

One of my focuses in terms of Connected Communities is the idea of festival – how does this density and intensity of cultural activity transform its environment (whether that's tents and soundsystems in a field or trumpets in a city street), and what is the impact on the local population and audiences.

There's been a real explosion of interest in what's being called the New Jazz Studies from UK academics over the past decade. So, working with the EFG London Jazz Festival team, we thought it a good idea to try to bring some of this academic energy and insight around jazz to festival-goers. For a music that talks a lot about freedom, these are key questions to debate, and we're bringing together academics, and some critics and musicians, to unpack them and to explore the roles that jazz musicians, activists and cultural workers in Britain have had in making their musical and political mark.

For full programme details visit the EFG London Jazz Festival website.

Notes to Editors

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  • The EFG London Jazz Festival is produced by Serious, one of the UK's leading producers and curators of live jazz, international and new music. Serious produces events that range from major concerts, festivals and national and international tours through to learning and participation programmes, conferences and specially commissioned bespoke events. Alongside its core role as a live music events producer, it works in artist and rights management. Alongside this exists the registered charity, Serious Trust, which has been established to support the next generation of artists and audiences through our artist development, learning and participation and commissioning programmes serious.org.uk
  • The London Jazz Festival was created in 1992 by live international music producers, Serious. The Festival emerged from the long-standing Camden Jazz Week which was created in 1970; with the active support of the London Arts Board (now Arts Council England, London). Serious – who had for some years produced the Camden Jazz Week, engineered a transition that saw the evolution of the Festival. Taking a mix of international and British artists and a commitment to education activity, the London Jazz Festival began to spread its wings. The aims of the Festival still remain the same today; celebrating the place of jazz in a city which is at ease with its rich cultural diversity, and drawing in a multitude of venues across London who present the music, week in, week out, throughout the year. efglondonjazzfestival.org.uk
  • EFG International is a global private banking group offering private banking and asset management services, headquartered in Zurich. EFG International's group of private banking businesses operates in around 30 locations worldwide, with circa 2,000 employees. EFG International's registered shares (EFGN) are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. It is represented in the UK by EFG Private Bank, which offers a range of wealth management services in the UK (with offices in London and the Midlands) and Channel Islands. Practitioners of the craft of private banking. efginternational.com
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