New Issue of Jazz Research Journal on ‘Diversity and Inclusion at Jazz Festivals’ – with Editorial as Podcast

Sebastian writes:

A good friend of LJN, Dr. Nicolas Pillai, now at University College Dublin where he is Assistant Professor in Creative and Critical Practice, has been in touch about the latest issue of Jazz Research Journal, vol 14 issue 2, which has just been published.

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It is focused on on diversity and inclusion at jazz festivals. The Editors for this issue are Dr. Sarah Raine from the University of Limerick, Ireland, where she is Postdoctoral Researcher in Ethnomusicology, and Emily Jones, Senior Producer at Sage Gateshead. Nic Pillai and Sarah Raine are the Managing Editors of Jazz Research Journal.

Nic tells us about an unusual feature of this issue: “We especially wanted the research to reach industry and public. So the editorial for this special issue of Jazz Research Journal takes the form of a podcast.

It has been embedded here courtesy of Jazz Research Journal and Equinox Publishing.

Emily Jones and Sarah Raine explain: “In conversation with JRJ editor Nicolas Pillai, we discuss the journey of this special issue, the issues relating to diversity and inclusion in the current jazz scene, and offer a playlist inspired by the different people, places and problems of jazz that fill these pages.”


  • The gatekeepers’ puzzle: Programming diversity and inclusion in a jazz festival – Michael Allemana, University of Chicago (USA)
  • Festa do Jazz: A case study on gender (im)balance in Portuguese jazz. – José Dias, Coventry University (UK) and Beatriz Nunes, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)
  • Pathways to sustainability: Diversity of programming for audiences in Australian jazz festivals – Sean Foran, SAE Creative Media Institute (Australia)
  • Gender politics, UK jazz festivals and COVID-19: Maintaining the momentum of change during a time of crisis – Sarah Raine, University of Limerick (Ireland)
  • On the sunny side of the street: Sidestepping race for inclusion at the New Orleans Jazz Fest – Sonya A. Grier, American University (USA)
  • Further thoughts, and a ManiFESTo, on jazz (festivals) and the decolonization of music – George McKay, University of East Anglia (UK)

LINKS: Jazz Research Journal Editorial in full

JRJ homepage and subscriptions

Nicolas Pillai at UCD, Dublin

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