Jazz and Everyday Aesthetics is a two-year research network project that explores the everyday value of jazz and the aesthetic experiences associated with it. The project focuses on those aspects of our lives that are normally neglected or ignored because they are eclipsed by studies of jazz’s canonical artists and their performances. Attention to the ordinariness or everyday nature of musical encounters opens onto a unexpectedly complex aesthetic dimension of the generally mundane, non-memorable, ordinary parts of our daily existence, from the Muzak in supermarkets to the street musicians in subway stations. The network will run four one-day meetings in London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, and Cheltenham, with associated public performances and specially commissioned recordings following the completion of the each of the four events.