Talking in a tent at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

2016-04-29 13.01.59 Stephanie Pitts was part of a panel on ‘researching jazz’ at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on Friday 29th April. Joining other researchers and jazz festival directors, she contributed to a day of sharing ideas across disciplines and contexts with a talk called ‘From first-timers to old-timers: audience experiences of live jazz listening’.Β  Stephanie spoke about her research at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, the Spin jazz club in Oxford, and the Crucible Studio: interesting discussions followed on how newcomers can be welcomed in to jazz audiences, and the ways in which apparently inclusive and friendly environments can still feel intimidating when their rules and conventions are unfamiliar. The event took place in the ‘Take Five Family Tent’, part of the outdoor jazz event at Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham – making for a chilly but enjoyable day. The day ended with the launch of an AHRC-funded report on the impact of British music festivals, in which Stephanie’s research also features, as part of the Impact of Festivals project, led by Prof George McKay and Dr Emma Webster – their project website (with annotated bibliography) is well worth a look.