The history of European jazz

The long-awaited HISTORY OF EUROPEAN JAZZ book curated by Francesco Martinelli and Alyn Shipton, published by Equinox Publishing, and strongly supported by EJN through the funding of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, has officially been launched at the European Jazz Conference in Lisbon on September 15, 2018. The book is the first organic overview of the history of jazz in Europe from its beginnings to the year 2000 and includes 750 pages, 250 images, 40 articles and 45 contributors. 


The increased circulation of people and ideas within European jazz does not correspond to an awareness of a shared history. This is a missing key cultural and ideological frame of reference. A group of researchers leaded by jazz historian Francesco Martinelli (Siena Jazz Archive) and by series editor Alyn Shipton (BBC Radio 3) collected updated information about history and current situation of jazz in Europe. The resulting volume published by Equinox Publishing (UK) and distributed throughout Europe and beyond, presents a linear narrative of the history and development of European jazz, as well generating awareness that will open new possibilities of circulation for musicians both across Europe and globally.

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