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Figuring improvisation (2018)
Book Chapter
Elsdon, P. (2019). Figuring improvisation. In N. Gebhardt, N. Rustin-Paschal, & T. Whyton (Eds.), Routledge Companion to Jazz StudiesTaylor & Francis (Routledge). https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315315805-21

Improvisation is often regarded as a central, constitutive, and even defining element of jazz, and as a result it has figured large in jazz studies. This chapter sets out to explore the contingency of improvisation, looking at how it has been figured... Read More

Jazz and the Live Performance Event (2018)
Book Chapter
Elsdon, P. (2018). Jazz and the Live Performance Event. In R. Thumpston, & N. Reyland (Eds.), Music, analysis, and the body: experiments, explorations, and embodiments, 209-224. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Viewing Empathy in Jazz Performance (2017)
Book Chapter
Elsdon, P. (2017). Viewing Empathy in Jazz Performance. In E. King, & C. Waddington (Eds.), Music and empathy, 157-172. Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

In this chapter, the author explains how the empathic comes to play an important role in the way empathic researcher view performance, and jazz performance in particular. She develops an argument about the way in which certain fundamental tropes used... Read More

Watching jazz: Encounters with jazz performance on screen (2016)
Book
B. Heile, P. Elsdon, & J. Doctor (Eds.), (2016). Watching jazz: Encounters with jazz performance on screen

Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen is the first systematic study of jazz on screen media. Where earlier studies have focused almost entirely on the role and portrayal of jazz in Hollywood film, the present book engages with a p... Read More

Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment (2016)
Book Chapter
Elsdon, P. (2016). Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment. In B. Heile, P. Elsdon, & J. Doctor (Eds.), Watching jazz: Encounters with jazz performance on screen, 37-56. Oxford University Press (OUP). https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199347650.003.0002

Abstract: Audiovisual representations of jazz performances provide us with more information than audio recordings. The camera not only allows us access to music performances, it also constructs vantage points by framing its subjects in specific ways.... Read More

Embodied listening and the music of Sigur Ros (2013)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (in press). Embodied listening and the music of Sigur Ros. Popular musicology, ISSN 1357-0951

In 1990 Susan McClary and Robert Walser appealed for a musicology which could account for the effects of rock, or as they put it: ‘a greater willingness to try to circumscribe an effect metaphorically, to bring one’s own experience as a human being t... Read More

Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts (2008)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (2008). Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts. Jazz Perspectives, 2(1), (51-67). doi:10.1080/17494060801949000. ISSN 1749-4060

This article outlines an approach to analysing Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations. I explore an approach based on topical theory, suggesting that Jarrett seems to employ a range of recognisable styles as a means of creating formal architecture. Usin... Read More

Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts (2008)
Journal Article
Elsdon, P. (2008). Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts. Jazz Perspectives, 2(1), (51 - 67). doi:10.1080/17494060801949000. ISSN 1749-4060

This article outlines an approach to analysing Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations. I explore an approach based on topical theory, suggesting that Jarrett seems to employ a range of recognisable styles as a means of creating formal architecture. Usin... Read More

The potential of the jazz record
Book
Elsdon, P. The potential of the jazz record

It is often said there is no jazz without the record, or that the history of jazz is in fact the story of recordings. Such positions always recall the limits of the record, compared to the live experience. And yet, for many listeners, the most import... Read More