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Tony Dudley-Evans is a British linguist and expert in English for Specific Purposes. One of the most influential authors in the development of the modern notion of genre, he is usually grouped together with John Swales and Vijay Bhatia as the driving force behind recent developments in ESP. Since his retirement from academia in 2001 he has become a jazz promoter based in Birmingham, England. He is head of Birmingham Jazz and is Artistic Director of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Tony Dudley-Evans was educated at King Edwards School, Birmingham. Having gained a BA in Arabic (University of London), a PGCE in teaching English as a Foreign Language (University of Wales) and an MA in Applied English Linguistic (University of Birmingham), Tony pursued a career as a researcher and lecturer until his retirement in 2001. Among his best-known books are Developments in English for Specific Purposes, authored with Maggie Jo St John, and The Language of Economics, co-edited with economist Willie Henderson.

Despite the demands of his 'day-job' he has also, since 1985, been the chair of Birmingham Jazz, an organisation which promotes up to 35 concerts a year at Symphony Hall, the CBSO Centre, the Adrian Boult Hall, the mac, The Drum, the Fiddle and Bone and the Glee Club. In Birmingham alone he has promoted around 700 jazz events since 1985.

As a promoter Tony has commissioned composers including Mike Gibbs, Tim Berne, Julian Joseph, Iain Ballamy, Tom Bancroft, Barbara Thompson, Billy Jenkins, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Liam Noble, Hans Koller, Ingrid Laubrock and many more. He received one of the BBC Jazz Awards in 2005 for services to jazz. He is also an honorary Fellow of the Birmingham Conservatoire.

Tony has also supported the Birmingham Conservatoire's BMus Jazz course and now co-ordinates the Performance Platform class for final-year students. Tony has also been a member of the Arts Council's Music Panel and is on the Board of both Birmingham Arts Marketing and JazzDev.

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