Drs Mike Brocken and Laura Hamer present at International Jazz ConferenceThursday 21 April 2016
Research into Liverpool dance-band leader Mary Hamer was presented by Senior Lecturer in Music Dr Mike Brocken and Head of Music Dr Laura Hamer at the Jazz Utopia Fourth International Rhythm Changes Conference.
The paper examined Mary Hamer’s work in leading an otherwise all-male band – Mrs Wilf Hamer and Her Boys – from the 1930 -60s at the Grafton Rooms, one of the Liverpool’s most celebrated dance halls of the mid-twentieth century.
This research is currently being expanded into a book study. Drs Brocken and Hamer have been assisted in their research by level-H student Susannah Cox, who has worked as a Research Assistant with them for her third-year Negotiated Learning Project.