On Jazz, A personal Journey by Alyn Shipton: Book Launch

On Jazz, A personal Journey by Alyn Shipton: Book Launch
Date and time
02 Feb 2023 (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Eastside Jazz Club, Royal Birmingham Conservatoire

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR


£8 (£6)

Tickets for this event are free to all BCU staff and students when booking online, entering their BCU email address at the checkout.

Booking Information

Wheelchair users are entitled to concessionary priced tickets with a complimentary companion seat.

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Alyn Shipton

Book On Jazz: A Personal Journey.

Alyn Shipton will be well-known to any British jazz fan. Alyn has been a presenter, writer and producer of programmes on jazz for BBC radio for nearly 35 years, he’s author of 15 books on the jazz and blues greats, and journalist for leading newspapers and specialist magazines. He’s also an accomplished bass player in his own right.

Alyn’ latest book is an autobiographical engagement with some of the leading international jazz players told through his reminiscences of these legendary musicians. The author’s accounts of his friendships and encounters will be peppered with snippets of interviews and the music of the people whose lives he explores. We will try and cover the full range from British 'trad' jazz player Ken Colyer, Blue Lu Barker and Topsy Chapman on women in New Orleans jazz, Dr John, Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Clark Terry and Jimmy Woode, through Sonny Rollins, Abbey Lincoln and Ornette Coleman, and up to today with Geri Allen and Theo Croker.

Tim Wall is professor of Radio and Popular Music Studies at BCU, and a leading member of the university’s jazz research centre.