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B.D. Lenz

New Jersey native B.D. Lenz is a guitarist whose style fuses the music of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern and Stevie Ray Vaughan. His versatility shows in his appearances in everything from orchestra pits to small combos, even accompanying an Elvis impersonator! His own music...
Big Jim and The Alabama Boogie Boys

Big Jim and The Alabama Boogie Boys

  Fronted by Big Jim Merris of the Red Lemons Blues Band, the Alabama Boogie Boys have become audience favourites at Henry’s Blueshouse, playing a mix of blues, boogie and rock and roll in a guaranteed crowd-pleasing show.   Big Jim and The Alabama Boogie...

Bill Coleman

Bill Coleman is best known nationally for his years with the Kenny Ball, but for regular patrons of the Birmingham Festival his immaculate bass playing is a feature of many of the trios backing star soloists. Visiting musicians and the public alike will be relieved...
Billy Thompson Trio

Billy Thompson Trio

Billy Thompson is a classically trained improvising violinist from North Wales. His jazz career takes in Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia and such names as Mike Westbrook, Jools Holland and Huw Warren, but mostly these days it’s Billy Thompson Gypsy Style. Regular...

Birmingham Big Band

The Birmingham Big Band was formed by John Ruddick to give professional and semi-professional musicians a chance to meet up during the day and play more challenging charts than they were used to in their evening gigs. The highly experienced band members have appeared...

Birmingham Urban Sketchers

This light-hearted Facebook group is made up of 722 members who just like to capture all things Birmingham and the Jazz Festival is a perfect event to do so. All sketches are done from life, not photographs, and Sketchcrawls are organised where a number of people come...