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Don’t Worry ‘Bout The Bear

Jim and Ron Simpson’s account of the first 50 years of Big Bear Records is due to be published by Brewin Books on 21st June. The book features Jim’s reminiscences of some of the many memorable incidents that form part of the Jazz Festival’s 35 year...

Abi & The Swing Pigs

Abi K has been present on the Birmingham Music scene since 2016. Her repertoire, both covers and originals, encompasses genres such as jazz, blues and soul. Her present band is described graphically as ‘a bunch of mischievous ragamuffins who love messing around with...

Alex Clarke

Currently studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, Alex Clarke has already had a busy and varied jazz career, mainly in the Midlands and North West. As a tenor saxist, she acknowledges the influence of Ben Webster and Lester Young, but she is as much at home on flute and...

Almaz

The Runcorn-based duo Almaz are Joanne and Barny, both full time musicians who write, perform, busk and broadcast their style of jazz and blues to as wide an audience as they can find. They perform songs from the turn of the century but also modern classics in their...

The Anvil Chorus

For the last two festivals the Anvil Chorus has introduced jazz audiences to the delights of barbershop singing. The Anvil Chorus is the performance name of the West Midlands Barbershop Harmony Club, founded in 1978. The chorus consists of approximately 35 men of all...