This project Capturing Jazz Lives follows a previous collaboration between jazz scholar Dr Pedro Cravinho and freelance jazz photographer Brian Homer. It features photographs taken in Birmingham and musicians’ quotes from online interviews during the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with Birmingham Jazz.


Pedro Cravinho (above left) and Brian Homer (above right)  presenting at a Zoom session at the  Documenting Jazz Conference 2021.

The Project

Capturing Jazz Lives reveals some of the challenges and constraints local jazz musicians face in developing their professional and musical careers. It included semi-structured interviews conducted by Cravinho with the following participants: Judy Emeline, Roy Forbes, Ralph Decambre, Ray Brown, Shiv Singh, Sandra Daniels, Mark Hamilton, Eddy Powell, Wayne Scott, and Paul Foad. In addition, all those musicians took part in individual photographic sessions led by Homer. As a result, it reveals distinct life journeys illustrated by short bios and three of Homer’s photographs of participants complement by quotes. Additionally, others participants took part in an online questionnaire.


Special thanks to all the participants in Capturing Jazz Lives. Brian would like to thank Valerie Jenner for her support. Pedro would like to thank Carla and Gonçalo for their support of his adventure in researching Jazz in Birmingham over the few years. In addition, thanks to Phil Rose at Birmingham Jazz for managing the project and to Arts Council England for funding it.

Interviews: copyright ©Pedro Cravinho 2020, 2021
Photographs: copyright ©Brian Homer 2020, 2021
Text: copyright ©Pedro Cravinho and Brian Homer 2021

Project managed by Birmingham Jazz and funded by Arts Council England (ACE)