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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 history. Not to mention the inside story of the rise and fall of Ronnie Scotts on Broad Street, managing Black Sabbath through their formative years, memories of late Festival Patron Humphrey Lyttelton and the heady experience of getting to work with a whole roster of legendary bluesmen on the American Blues Legends tours and albums.


Jim will be talking audiences through the ups and downs of his time in the music business ahead of selected performances at this year’s festival:


Sunday 21st July 14:30 The Brasshouse followed by Ricky Cool and The In Crowd
Sunday 21st July 17:30 O’Neills, Broad Street followed by The Shufflepack
Friday 26th July 11:30 Sandwell Arts Café followed by Val Wiseman
Friday 26th July 16:30 The Brasshouse followed by Art Themen Quartet
Saturday 27th July 18:30 West Bromwich Central Library followed by King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys
Sunday 28th July 13:30 Lee Longlands followed by Ricky Cool and The In Crowd