Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies, Director of Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Nick Gebhardt is Professor of Jazz and Popular Music Studies and Director of Research in the Birmingham School of Media.
His work focuses on jazz and popular music in American culture and his publications include Going For Jazz: Musical Practices and American Ideology (Chicago), Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870-1929 (Chicago) and the co-edited collection The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music (Routledge). In 2014, he founded the new Routledge book series Transnational Studies in Jazz with University colleague Tony Whyton, which provides a platform for rethinking the methodologies and concepts used to analyse jazz.
From 2010-2013, Nick was a senior researcher for the Humanities in the European Research Area (HERA)-funded Rhythm Changes: Jazz Cultures and European Identities project, a European consortium of 13 researchers working across seven universities in five countries. He is currently the part of for the transnational JPI Heritage Plus-funded research project Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME) and is the Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research network Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics. He is on the editorial board of the Jazz Research Journal (Equinox) and edits the journal’s Extended Play, which offers a space for experimental writing about jazz.