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Dr Tom Perchard

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PositionReader in Music, Director of Research, Programme Convenor for BMus Popular Music
Department Music
Email t.perchard (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 7717 2273
Dr Tom Perchard

Tom’s teaching and research centres on the history and historiography of jazz and popular music. His first book, the widely acclaimed Lee Morgan: His Life, Music and Culture (Equinox, 2006), was the first study of that important mid-century jazz musician. An edited anthology, From Soul to Hip Hop, was published in 2014 as part of Ashgate’s Library of Essays on Popular Music series, and a second monograph, After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France, is published in 2015 by the University of Michigan Press. Tom’s research articles appear in American Music, Popular Music, Jazz Perspectives, Popular Music and Society, the Journal of the Society for American Music and Popular Music History. Tom gained his PhD at Goldsmiths in 2005, and taught at the University of Westminster before returning to take up his current post in 2008. With Professor Keith Negus, he is co-director of the Popular Music Research Unit.

Teaching

Popular Music: History, Style, Technique; Analytical and Contextual Studies; Approaches to Contemporary Music; Music Study Skills (Level 1); Topics in African American Music; Music / Modernities; Research Essay (Level 3); Popular Music: Writing about Listening (M level).

Areas of supervision

Jasmin Taylor: Towards a Gendered Analysis of the Music of Billie Holiday

Richard Ekins: Aspects of Authenticity in New Orleans Jazz Revivalism

Jeremiah Spillane: Identity, Improvisation and Influence: the Stylistic Development and Enduring Legacy of Django Reinhardt

Radio

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Barney Wilen. Transmitted 24 September 2011.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Clifford Brown. Transmitted 30 October 2010.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Booker Little. Transmitted 13 June 2009.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3. Jazz Library: Lee Morgan. Transmitted 11 July 2008.

Writer and presenter, Resonance FM. Memoir City: Oral histories of Londoners’ Musical Lives. Transmitted January-March 2006.

Papers presented

Panel respondent, Voice, Memory, Song symposium, University of Oxford. November 2014.

‘New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century’. Invited seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London. November 2014.

‘“A Good Jazzman is a Dead Jazzman”: the History, Memory and Materiality of a French Jazz Past’. Paper given at Musical Materialities in the Digital Age conference, University of Sussex. June 2014.

‘New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: African American Rhythm and Music Theory in the 21st-Century’. Paper given at Studying Music: An International Conference in Honour of Simon Frith, University of Edinburgh. April 2014.

‘“We Must Expand Jazz So That We Never Have to Leave It”: André Hodeir’s Contested Musical Territories’. Paper given at Rhythm Changes II: Rethinking Jazz Cultures, University of Salford. April 2013.

‘Going Cold on Cool: Miles Davis and Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’. Invited seminar, King’s College London. November 2012.

‘“We Must Expand the Domain of Jazz So We Never Have to Leave It”: André Hodeir and the Search for a European Jazz Art’. Invited seminar, University of Edinburgh. November 2012.

‘Miles Davis’s Music for Louis Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1958): Improvisation, Realism and Ideology’. Paper given at Perspectives on Musical Improvisation conference, University of Oxford. September 2012.

‘Jazz Trumpet and the Semiotics of Vulnerability’. Invited paper and panel session, 19th International Congress of the International Musicological Society, Rome, Italy. July 2012. 

‘Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s’. Paper given at Unofficial Histories conference, Bishopsgate Institute, London. May 2012.

‘Monk Meets the French Critics’. Invited paper and panel discussion, Piacenza Jazz Fest study day, Piacenza, Italy. March 2012.

‘Ideologies of Improvisation: Miles Davis’ music for Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’. Invited seminar, University of York. November 2011.

‘Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum’. Invited reading and discussion of published work, Salford Jazz Research Seminar, University of Salford. September 2011.

‘Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s’. Invited seminar, Institute of Musical Research ‘Directions in Musical Research’ Series, School of Advanced Study. June 2011.           

‘Four Histories of 20th-Century Music’. One day course given at Cabaret Voltaire / GBS University, St. Gallen, Switzerland. May 2011.

‘Re-reading Primitivism in Hugues Panassié’s Writing on Jazz’. Paper given at Jazz and Race, Past and Present conference, Open University. November 2010.

‘Hugues Panassié and Readings of Primitivism in Early French Jazz Criticism’. Invited seminar, University of Sheffield. December 2009.

‘Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Improvisation and its Simulacra’. Paper given at Mediating Jazz Conference, University of Salford. November 2009.

Research Interests

Tom’s current research is focussed on the cultural history of jazz and popular music in the (long) 20th-century. He welcomes enquiries from potential research students in this and any related area.

Publications

Book

After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France
Perchard, Tom. 2015. After Django: Making Jazz in Postwar France. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. ISBN 978-0-472-07242-2

From Soul to Hip Hop (The Library of Essays on Popular Music)
Perchard, Tom, ed. 2014. From Soul to Hip Hop (The Library of Essays on Popular Music). Ashgate. ISBN 978-1-4094-2719-3

Lee Morgan: La vita, la musica e il suo tempo
Perchard, Tom. 2009. Lee Morgan: La vita, la musica e il suo tempo. Bologna: Odoya. ISBN 978-88-6288-014-5

Lee Morgan: His Life, Music and Culture
Perchard, Tom. 2006. Lee Morgan: His Life, Music and Culture. London: Equinox. ISBN 1845532058

Edited Journal

Special Issue: The Critical Imperative
Perchard, Tom and Powers, Devon, eds. 2017. Special Issue: The Critical Imperative, Popular Music, 36(1). 0261-1430

Book Section

'Introduction'
Perchard, Tom. 2014. 'Introduction'. In: Tom Perchard, ed. From Soul to Hip Hop. Farnham: Ashgate, xi-xxix. ISBN 978-0-7546-2950-4

Article

Technology, Listening and Historical Method: Placing Audio in the Postwar British Home
Perchard, Tom. 2017. Technology, Listening and Historical Method: Placing Audio in the Postwar British Home. Journal of the Royal Musical Association, 142(2), pp. 367-399. ISSN 0269-0403

Growing Old Together: Pop Studies and Music Sociology Today
Perchard, Tom. 2017. Growing Old Together: Pop Studies and Music Sociology Today. Twentieth-Century Music, 14(2), pp. 335-343. ISSN 1478-5722

Introduction: The Critical Imperative
Powers, Devon and Perchard, Tom. 2017. Introduction: The Critical Imperative. Popular Music, 36(1), pp. 1-5. ISSN 0261-1430

Mid-Century Modern Jazz: Music and Design in the Postwar Home
Perchard, Tom. 2017. Mid-Century Modern Jazz: Music and Design in the Postwar Home. Popular Music, 36(1), pp. 55-74. ISSN 0261-1430

New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic,” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century
Perchard, Tom. 2015. New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic,” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century. Journal of the Society for American Music, 9(3), pp. 321-348. ISSN 1752-1963

Doing Musical Fieldwork with James G. Spady
Perchard, Tom. 2013. Doing Musical Fieldwork with James G. Spady. The Western Journal of Black Studies, 37(2), pp. 104-112. ISSN 0197-4327

Eric Drott, Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981 (Book Review)
Perchard, Tom. 2013. Eric Drott, Music and the Elusive Revolution: Cultural Politics and Political Culture in France, 1968-1981 (Book Review). The French journal of popular music studies, 9(2), pp. 150-152.

Hugues Panassié contra Walter Benjamin: Bodies, masses and the iconic jazz recording in mid-century France
Perchard, Tom. 2012. Hugues Panassié contra Walter Benjamin: Bodies, masses and the iconic jazz recording in mid-century France. Popular Music and Society, 35(3), pp. 375-398. ISSN 0300-7766

Thelonious Monk meets the French critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum
Perchard, Tom. 2011. Thelonious Monk meets the French critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum. Jazz Perspectives, 5(1), pp. 61-94. ISSN 1749-4060

Tradition, modernity and the supernatural swing: re-reading ‘primitivism’ in Hugues Panassié’s writing on jazz
Perchard, Tom. 2011. Tradition, modernity and the supernatural swing: re-reading ‘primitivism’ in Hugues Panassié’s writing on jazz. Popular Music, 30(1), pp. 25-45. ISSN 0261-1430

Hip hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s
Perchard, Tom. 2011. Hip hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s. American Music, 29(3), pp. 277-307. ISSN 0734-4392

Robin D. G. Kelley, 'Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original’ (Book Review)
Perchard, Tom. 2009. Robin D. G. Kelley, 'Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original’ (Book Review). Jazz Research Journal, 3(2), pp. 212-219. ISSN 1753-8637

Writing Jazz Biography: Race, Research and Narrative Representation
Perchard, Tom. 2007. Writing Jazz Biography: Race, Research and Narrative Representation. Popular Music History, 2(2), pp. 119-145. ISSN ISSN: 1740-7133

Eithne Quinn, 'Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap’ (Book Review)
Perchard, Tom. 2005. Eithne Quinn, 'Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang: The Culture and Commerce of Gangsta Rap’ (Book Review). Popular Music, 24(3), pp. 459-462.

Conference or Workshop Item

Panel respondent, Voice, Memory, Song symposium, University of Oxford. November 2014.
Perchard, Tom. 2014. 'Panel respondent, Voice, Memory, Song symposium, University of Oxford. November 2014.'. In: Voice, Memory, Song symposium, University of Oxford. University of Oxford, United Kingdom.

‘New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century’.
Perchard, Tom. 2014. '‘New Riffs on the Old Mind-Body Blues: “Black Rhythm,” “White Logic” and Music Theory in the 21st-Century’.'. In: Invited seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London. Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom.

‘“A Good Jazzman is a Dead Jazzman”: the History, Memory and Materiality of a French Jazz Past’
Perchard, Tom. 2014. '‘“A Good Jazzman is a Dead Jazzman”: the History, Memory and Materiality of a French Jazz Past’'. In: Musical Materialities in the Digital Age. University of Sussex, United Kingdom.

Going Cold on Cool: Miles Davis and Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’
Perchard, Tom. 2012. 'Going Cold on Cool: Miles Davis and Ascenseur pour l’échafaud’'. In: Invited research seminar. King’s College London.

“We must expand the domain of jazz so we never have to leave it”: André Hodeir and the search for a European jazz art
Perchard, Tom. 2012. '“We must expand the domain of jazz so we never have to leave it”: André Hodeir and the search for a European jazz art'. In: Invited research seminar. University of Edinburgh.

Miles Davis’s Music for Louis Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1958): Improvisation, Realism and Ideology
Perchard, Tom. 2012. 'Miles Davis’s Music for Louis Malle’s Ascenseur pour l’échafaud (1958): Improvisation, Realism and Ideology'. In: Perspectives on Musical Improvisation. University of Oxford.

Jazz Trumpet and the Semiotics of Vulnerability
Perchard, Tom. 2012. 'Jazz Trumpet and the Semiotics of Vulnerability'. In: 19th International Congress of the International Musicological Society. Rome, Italy.

Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s
Perchard, Tom. 2012. 'Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s'. In: Unofficial Histories. Bishopsgate Institute, London.

Monk Meets the French Critics
Perchard, Tom. 2012. 'Monk Meets the French Critics'. In: Piacenza Jazz Fest study day. Piacenza, Italy.

Ideologies of Improvisation: Miles Davis’ music for Ascenseur pour l’échafaud
Perchard, Tom. 2011. 'Ideologies of Improvisation: Miles Davis’ music for Ascenseur pour l’échafaud'. In: Invited research seminar. University of York.

Re-reading Primitivism in Hugues Panassié’s Writing on Jazz
Perchard, Tom. 2011. 'Re-reading Primitivism in Hugues Panassié’s Writing on Jazz'. In: Jazz and Race, Past and Present. Open University.

Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum
Perchard, Tom. 2011. 'Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Art and Entertainment, Improvisation, and its Simulacrum'. In: Salford Jazz Research Seminar. University of Salford.

Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s
Perchard, Tom. 2011. 'Hip Hop Samples Jazz: Dynamics of Cultural Memory and Musical Tradition in the African American 1990s'. In: Invited research seminar, ‘Directions in Musical Research’ series.. Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Study.

Four Histories of 20th-Century Music.
Perchard, Tom. 2011. 'Four Histories of 20th-Century Music.'. In: Cabaret Voltaire art foundation course. GBS University, St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Hugues Panassié and Readings of Primitivism in Early French Jazz Criticism
Perchard, Tom. 2009. 'Hugues Panassié and Readings of Primitivism in Early French Jazz Criticism'. In: Invited research seminar. University of Sheffield.

Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Improvisation and its Simulacra
Perchard, Tom. 2009. 'Thelonious Monk Meets the French Critics: Improvisation and its Simulacra'. In: Mediating Jazz. University of Salford.

Broadcast

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Barney Wilen'
Perchard, Tom. 2011. Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Barney Wilen'.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Clifford Brown'
Perchard, Tom. 2010. Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Clifford Brown'.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Booker Little'
Perchard, Tom. 2009. Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Booker Little'.

Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Lee Morgan'
Perchard, Tom. 2008. Programme guest, BBC Radio 3, 'Jazz Library: Lee Morgan'.

Writer and presenter, Resonance FM series, 'Memoir City'
Perchard, Tom. 2006. Writer and presenter, Resonance FM series, 'Memoir City'.

Professional Activity

Advisory Council member, Institute of Musical Research
Perchard, Tom. Advisory Council member, Institute of Musical Research.

Editorial Board member, 'Jazz Research Journal'
Perchard, Tom. Editorial Board member, 'Jazz Research Journal'.

Regular referee, 'Popular Music'
Perchard, Tom. Regular referee, 'Popular Music'.

Contributor, 'The Wire', 2001-2007
Perchard, Tom. Contributor, 'The Wire', 2001-2007.

Project

AHRC Early Career Fellowship (£64,800). Jazz in France, 1934-75: Contesting the Politics of Nation, Art and World through Music
Perchard, Tom. January-October AHRC Early Career Fellowship (£64,800). Jazz in France, 1934-75: Contesting the Politics of Nation, Art and World through Music.

AHRB/C PhD award (2002-5)
Perchard, Tom. AHRB/C PhD award (2002-5).