Dr Nicolas Pillai is a research fellow at Birmingham City University specialising in the field of jazz and visual culture. His first monograph, Jazz as Visual Language: Film, Television and the Dissonant Image (I. B. Tauris, 2016), rethinks the technological and institutional processes that mediate jazz onscreen. He has been a frequent guest speaker at the National Jazz Archive, has curated a season of screenings at the Vortex Jazz Club and was the keynote speaker at the 2013 Jazz & Cinema conference.
He has contributed chapters to Gender and Identity in Jazz (Jazzinstitut Darmstadt, 2016) and The Routledge Companion to New Jazz Studies (Routledge, 2017), as well as articles in journals such as The Soundtrack and Movie: A Journal of Film Criticism. He has also written an essay for the booklet included in the BFI dual format Blu-ray/DVD release of Paris Blues (film 1961; release 2016). Pillai is the co-editor of New Jazz Conceptions: History, Theory, Practice (Routledge, 2017; with Dr Roger Fagge) and the special issue ‘Brilliant Corners: Approaches to Jazz & Comics’ (The Comics Grid: A Journal of Comics Scholarship 2016; with Dr Ernesto Priego).