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Work Values

Articulating jazz practice:

I am aiming to articulate through my research what it means to be a jazz

practitioner. I want to find ways of communicating verbally what the knowledge and
understanding that jazz musicians embody in their practice and communicate to
each other informally.

Accessibility for musicians:

I want to make my work accessible to musicians even when I am dealing with dense
academic frameworks. I hope that my work will allow non-academic musicians to
engage with academic frameworks that will improve the quality and reflexivity of
their practice.

Encouraging dialogue between musicians and practitioners:

It is my intention to place my work at the centre of a dialogue which currently

exists between academic jazz studies and jazz performance studies. There are some
excellent researchers who are working within this dialogue at the moment and I am
hoping to work alongside those researchers to encourage further dialogue and
provide frameworks for mutual engagement that don’t privilege one side or the


Given that my interest in jazz comes from my interest as a practitioner, a fan, a

critic, a professional, and a social insider, I want to keep my positionality in mind as
much as possible. I hope that by practicing reflexivity in my research I will be able
to address issues that I face in a thoughtful and productive way and hopefully
encourage others to do the same in their practice.

Individuality of voice:

All of my favourite musicians are able to express their individual voices even when
drawing heavily on the styles of others. This is something which I try to emulate in
my own musical practice and is also something which I admire in academics and
would like to emulate in my academic work. I would also like to produce work which
encourages other musicians and academics to find their own voice through
engagement with others.

Lee Griffiths
“You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice,
practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand,
forget all that and just wail”
-Charlie Parker

“Under certain circumstances, failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking,

undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative,
more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world”
-Jack Halberstam

“A genius is the one most like himself”

-Thelonious Monk

“Become who you are”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“If you understood everything I said, you’d be me”

-Miles Davis

“Invent in your own language if you can or want to hear mine; invent if
you can or want to give my language to be understood”
-Jaques Derrida