Becoming a follower of the Merseysippi Jazz Band

An approach from ethnography, autoethnography and social world analysis—a study in resocialization


  • Richard Ekins University of Ulster



Autoethnography, Social Worlds, New Orleans jazz, Merseysippi Jazz Band


This article is a study in the interrelations between ethnography, autoethnography and social world analysis as applied to a musical event – a weekly jazz residency – attended by the elderly. It illustrates the ‘dying embers’ of New Orleans revivalist jazz in the UK with reference to the author’s resocialisation into ‘classic’ New Orleans revivalist jazz by members of Liverpool’s Merseysippi Jazz Band, the longest established New Orleans revivalist jazz band in the UK.

Author Biography

  • Richard Ekins, University of Ulster

    Richard Ekins is a jazz record producer for 504/La Croix Records and Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at Ulster University, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society. His current research is focused on authenticity in early jazz and New Orleans jazz revivalism, and on the life and work of Dorothy Richardson.


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How to Cite

Ekins, R. (2015). Becoming a follower of the Merseysippi Jazz Band: An approach from ethnography, autoethnography and social world analysis—a study in resocialization. Jazz Research Journal, 9(1), 8-36.