Nick Gebhardt

Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies

Birmingham School of Media
Email:
nicholas.gebhardt@bcu.ac.uk
Biography

Dr. Nicholas Gebhardt is Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies at Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom. His work focuses on jazz and popular music in American culture, and his publications include Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology (Chicago) and Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929 (Chicago).

In 2014, he founded the new Routledge book series ‘Transnational Studies in Jazz’ alongside BCU colleague Professor Tony Whyton. Dr. Gebhardt and Whyton also edited (Routledge) in 2015, a collection that explores the ways in which musician-led collectives offer a powerful model for rethinking jazz practices in the post-war period. From 2010-2013, Dr. Gebhardt was a senior researcher for the ground-breaking HERA-funded Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities project, a consortium of 13 researchers working across 7 Universities in 5 countries.

He is currently the part of for the transnational research project Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals and he is the Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research network Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics.

Areas of Expertise
    • Jazz Studies
    • Popular Music Studies
    • Cultural History of American Music
    • Cultural theories of jazz and popular music
    Research

    Dr. Gebhardt's research interests include:

    • Popular music in the United States
    • The entertainment industry
    • Jazz cultures and history
    • Improvisation
    • American popular culture

    His first book, Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2001, and he has also published articles and reviews in a wide variety of forums on the cultural history of popular music in the United States.

    His most recent monograph Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929 will be published by the University of Chicago Press in 2017.

    Postgraduate Supervision

    Dr. Gebhardt is particularly keen to attract students who wish to work on projects in jazz and popular music studies.

    Publications

    Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017.

    “Hollywood Musicals Make History.” In Edwards, S., Sayer, F., and Dolski, M., eds. History on Screen: Documentary, Film and Television for Historians. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.

    “A Time For Jazz: History and Narrative in Alan Lomax’s.” In Fagge, R., and Pillai, N., eds. New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice. London: Routledge, 2016.

    “Screening the Event: Watching Miles Davis’ ‘My Funny Valentine.’” In Doctor, J., Elsdon, P., and Heile, B., eds. Watching Jazz: Encountering Jazz on Screen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.

    Gebhardt, N. and Whyton, T. (2015) The cultural politics of jazz collectives: This is our music. The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music . Taylor and Francis Inc., pp. 1-250. ISBN 9781317672715 (ISBN)

    “‘Let There Be Rock!’ Myth and Ideology in the Rock Festivals of the Transatlantic Counterculture.” In McKay, G., ed. The Pop Festival. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.

    “Introduction: The Collective Problem in Jazz.” In Gebhardt, N. and Whyton, T., eds. The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music. New York: Routledge, 2015.

    “Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? Mythical Realities and Historical Metaphors in Spike Lee’s” Jazz Research Journal. 6/2, 2012

    “When Jazz Was Foreign: Rethinking Jazz History.” Jazzforschung. 44, 2012.

    “Introduction: The Collective Problem in Jazz.” Special Double Issue on Jazz Collectives. Jazz Research Journal. 5/1-2 (Guest Editor), 2011.

    “Crossing Boundaries I: The Historical Context for Ravel’s North American Tour.” In Mawer, D., ed. Ravel Studies. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

    “Jazz, History, Memory.” Jazz Research Journal. 3/2, 2010.

    Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

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