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Welcome to BlackBritishJazz

Project aims and research questions

What is Black British Jazz?  It is a research project based at The Open University which was active from 2009 to 2011. Funded by the Beyond Text programme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, its aim was to investigate the nature and significance of jazz made by black musicians in Britain.

We weren’t sure at the start how far this would be a matter of simply charting individual musical contributions, or identifying something more substantial , perhaps a black British jazz (BBJ) tradition or genre.  In fact, our investigations suggested that black British jazz was a rich, complex and sometimes paradoxical phenomenon.

This website gives a flavour of the research process, and of our findings.