Founded in 1997 by original Jazz Warriors double bassist/record producer, Gary Crosby and his partner, Janine Irons MBE, Dune Records is the award-winning recording division of The Dune Music Company Limited, an artist management company specialising in British jazz artists emerging from the seminal Jazz Warriors. Dune Records are collaborating with the project through their facilitating performances, workshops and contact with artists.
Jazz Services are the national organisation in the UK responsible for the support and promotion of jazz in this country. Jazz Services are supporting the project with advice and guidance about the jazz scene.
Centre for Black Music Research
The Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College Chicago was founded in 1983 and is the only organization of its kind. The CBMR documents and preserves information and materials related to the black music experience throughout the world. Scholars from CBMR will be collaborating with the researchers within this project; archive material from the project will be housed within CBMR.
British Library Sound Archive
The British Library Sound Archive contains the 'Oral History of Jazz in Britain', an important resource for the project, particularly with regard to the historical dimension of the research. Archive material from this project will be housed with the BL.
AHRC 'Beyond Text' Programme
'What is Black British Jazz?'is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council within its Beyond Text programme. This groundbreaking research initiative has been developed by AHRC and aims to support a multidisciplinary community of scholars and practitioners drawn from Higher Education, museums, galleries, libraries, business, policy, media, technology and the law to explore the ways in which communication is articulated, transmitted, received and controlled.
Our project is attached to the ESRC Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC) – a major international Research Centre analysing socio-cultural change. It is the first major Research Centre in Britain to develop a broad, empirically focused account of cultural change and its economic, social and political implications. ‘What is Black British Jazz?’ receives funding and support from CRESC.
The Open University
‘What is Black British Jazz?’ is based within the Open University. Researchers within the project are drawn from the departments of Music and Sociology.