Mr Alex Webb
School of Media & Creative Industries
I have a BA in Politics and Modern History from Manchester, and an MA in Political Science and Survey Research from the University of Connecticut; until 2017 I was a Senior Lecturer in Music and Event Management at Buckinghamshire New University.
I am also a show producer, songwriter, arranger and pianist whose songs have been performed and recorded by many UK and international jazz artists. My most recent alum, with singer David McAlmont, was released in 2019. I have created the full-scale music theatre piece Cafe Society Swing, which has enjoyed theatre runs in London and New York (59E59) where it won a New York Times ‘Critic’s Pick’; in 2017 I co-composed and produced the musical Stormy: The Life of Lena Horne with actor/writer Camilla Beeput, which enjoyed a residency at Zedel in the 2018 EFG London Jazz Festival. In 2013 I founded the Copasetic Foundation, a non-profit organisation to fund and produce live music and theatre shows, with the aim of promoting the understanding and appreciation of jazz and related musics via live performance, recording, and electronic media.
I have also worked in music radio (BBC Radio 3), in music publishing (at the Music Publishers Association), at live music venues (The Band on the Wall in Manchester, the Bass Clef and Barbican in London), as an event organiser (for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music, BBC Jazz Awards, British Composer Awards and others) and as a news journalist and features writer (GMTV, BBC News Online and freelance).