Dr Peter Elsdon

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Elsdon is a jazz musician and musicologist. He has written extensively on the pianist Keith Jarrett, including a book on his Köln Concert recording, currently available from Oxford University Press.

With Björn Heile and Jenny Doctor, he published the collection Watching Jazz through Oxford University Press in 2016. He has also published articles on a range of topics relating to jazz and popular music.

Within the school, Dr Elsdon founded and directs the Jazz Æsthetic, a 12-piece band which specialises in performing contemporary jazz. He is also the School Co-ordinator for Collaborative Partnerships.


Research Interests

  • The music of Keith Jarrett

  • Jazz, especially post-1960

  • The aesthetics of the sound recording

  • Audiophile cultures



(Co-edited with Björn Heile and Jenny Doctor) Watching Jazz: Encountering Jazz on Screen, eds. Jenny Doctor, Peter Elsdon, and Bjorn Heile. (Oxford University Press, 2016).

Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert (Oxford University Press, 2013).


‘Viewing Empathy in Jazz Performance’, in Music and Empathy, eds. Elaine King and Caroline Waddington. (Ashgate Press, 2017).

‘Jazz and the Live Performance Event’, in Music Analysis and the Body: Experiments, Explorations and Embodiments, eds. Nicholas Reyland, Stacey Sewell and Rebecca Thumpston, eds (London: Routledge, Peeters/Leuven Studies in Musicology, forthcoming).

‘Framing Jazz’, in Watching Jazz: Encountering Jazz on Screen, eds. Jenny Doctor, Peter Elsdon, and Bjorn Heile. (Oxford University Press 2016).

Full list


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • Introduction to Performance (Jazz and Pop)

  • Jazz Studies

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • Performance (Jazz and Pop)

  • Orchestration and Arranging

  • Performance 1 and 2 (Jazz and Pop)

  • Advanced Performance 1 and 2 (Jazz and Pop)

  • Special Study (supervision)

Research PhDs

Dr Elsdon welcomes applications in the areas of jazz, popular music, and the aesthetics of sound recordings.

Completed PhDs 

Jamie Moore, Robert Glasper’s Black Radio: Issues of Style and Identity, University of Hull, 2017.

Rowan Oliver, Rebecoming Analogue: Groove, Breakbeats and Sampling, University of Hull, 2015.

Current PhD supervisions 

Daniel Banks, An In-depth Analysis of the Improvisatory Style of Chick Corea through Thesis and Performance Portfolio

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BMus(Belfast)

  • MA(Belfast)

  • PhD(Soton)

Professional highlights

  • Co-investigator on AHRC-funded project in the Beyond Text scheme, 'The Use of Audiovisual Resources in Jazz'.

Recent performances

  • Hull Jazz Festival 2017 with Paul Taylor

  • Coastival Festival, Scarborough, 2016 (with The Jazz Æsthetic)