Dr Elsdon is a jazz musician and musicologist. He has written extensively on the pianist Keith Jarrett, including a book on his K?ln Concert recording, currently available from Oxford University Press. With Bj?rn 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.
Elsdon, P. (2015). Framing Jazz. In Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen, 37-55. New York: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Framing jazz: thoughts on representation and embodiment
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
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