Dr Catherine Tackley
Catherine Tackley (née Parsonage) joined the OU as Lecturer in Music in July 2008 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in February 2011. She read music at the University of York and then worked as a secondary school music teacher in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and London, studying for the PGCE with the OU. During this time, she also worked and performed with the National Youth Music Theatre and was a founder member of Payback, one of London’s leading function bands. She completed her PhD on early jazz in Britain at City University, London in 2002. Catherine held various posts at Leeds College of Music between 2001-2008, culminating in two years as Head of the Centre for Jazz Studies UK with responsibility for a portfolio of collaborative research and artistic projects, as well as teaching in the areas of critical musicology, popular music and jazz on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. At the OU, Catherine is currently Head of the Music Department, following several years as Director of Research for Music. She has previously been Interim Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Arts.
‘Benny Goodman’s Carnegie Hall concert of 1938’, pre-concert talk at Royal Northern College of Music, December 2013.
‘History and Impact of Caribbean Jazz’, pre-concert discussion with Gary Crosby and Kevin Le Gendre at the Barbican Centre for the London Jazz Festival, November 2013.
Convenor of panel ‘New Perspectives on Jazz in Britain c. 1919-1945’ including my own paper ‘Rhythm Clubs: Ideals and Realities’ at RMA Annual Conference, University of Leeds, September 2014.
‘Encountering a tiger: responses to jazz in Britain c. 1917-1945’ at North American British Music Studies Association Biennial Conference, University of Nevada, July/August 2014.
‘Tiger Bay and the roots/routes of Black British Jazz’ presented at ‘Music Around the Atlantic Rim’ BFE/Atlantic Sounds joint conference, University of Cardiff, October 2013.
‘Rethinking Jazz and Rhapsody in Blue’ presented at Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures, University of Salford, April 2013.
Catherine was module team chair and author of several units for A224 ‘Inside Music’. She is currently writing units on performance, audiences and recording for the Department’s new level 3 module and on jazz research for the new MA in Music. She is the supervisor of PhD students in the areas of music history, performance practice and jazz and improvised music and welcomes enquiries from prospective doctoral students with interests in these areas.
Impact and engagement
Catherine is a co-editor of the Jazz Research Journal (Equinox), a member of the editorial board of Studies in Musical Theatre (Interim Publications) and has served as a specialist reviewer for several journals and publishing companies. She is a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. Catherine is currently Jazz Representative on the Council of Making Music (supporting and championing voluntary music) and a member of the Jazz Education Advisory Panel for Jazz Services Ltd. Catherine is active as a conductor and instrumentalist in both classical and popular styles. She is currently Musical Director of Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats Big Band.
Parsonage, Catherine; Fadnes, Petter Frost and Taylor, James
British Journal of Music Education, 24(3) (pp. 295-312)
The popularity of jazz–an unpopular problem: the significance of 'Swing when you're winning' (2004)
The Source: Challenging Jazz Criticism, 1 (pp. 60-80)
A critical reassessment of the reception of early jazz in Britain (2003-10)
Popular Music, 22(3) (pp. 315-336)
Approaching jazz-influenced wind music (2003)
Journal of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Wind Ensembles, 10 (pp. 79-94)
The evolving image of jazz in Britain in sheet music (2001-03)
British Postgraduate Musicology, 4
Studies in Recorded Jazz
ISBN : 978-0-19-539831-1 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : New York
The Evolution of Jazz in Britain, 1880-1935 (2005-10)
Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
ISBN : 978-0-7546-5076-8 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Aldershot
In: Howland, John and Green, Edward eds. Ellington Studies ((In press))
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Race, identity and the meaning of Jazz in 1940s Britain (2014-12)
In: Stratton, Jon and Zuberi, Nabeel eds. Black Popular Music in Britain Since 1945. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series ((In press))
ISBN : 978-1-4094-6913-1 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Tiger Bay and the roots/routes of black British jazz (2014)
In: Toynbee, Jason; Tackley, Catherine and Doffman, Mark eds. Black British Jazz: Routes, Ownership and Performance
Publisher : Ashgate
Jazz, dance and black British identities (2013-04)
In: Dodds, Sherril and Cook, Susan eds. Bodies of Sound: Studies Across Popular Music and Dance. Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series (pp. 193-208)
ISBN : 978-1-4094-4517-3 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham
Benny Carter in Britain, 1936-37 (2012-07)
In: Cerchiari, Luca; Cugny, Laurent and Kerschbaumer , Franz eds. Eurojazzland: Jazz and European Sources, Dynamics and Contexts
ISBN : 978-1-58465-864-1 | Publisher : Northeastern University Press | Published : Lebanon, NH
Jazz recordings as social texts (2010-01)
In: Bayley, Amanda ed. Recorded Music: Performance, Culture and Technology (pp. 167-186)
ISBN : 9780521863094 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
The history of women in jazz in Britain (2007)
Parsonage, Catherine and Dyson, Kathy
In: Adkins Chiti, Patricia ed. Women in Jazz/Donne in Jazz (pp. 129-140)
ISBN : 978-88-6263-002-3 | Publisher : Editore Columbo | Published : Rome
Fascination and fear: Responses to early jazz in Britain (2007)
In: Wynn, Neil A. ed. Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (pp. 89-105)
ISBN : 9781578069606 | Publisher : University Press of Mississippi
Toynbee, Jason; Tackley, Catherine and Doffman, Mark eds.
Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series
ISBN : 978-1-4724-1756-5 | Publisher : Ashgate | Published : Farnham