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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 about Figuring improvisation.

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 about Viewing Empathy in Jazz Performance.

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 about Watching jazz: Encounters with jazz performance on screen.

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.../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 about Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment.

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

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 about Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts.

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

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 about Style and the improvised in Keith Jarrett's solo concerts.