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Salute To Spencer Davis

Following the terribly sad news received this morning that British Rhythm & Blues Star Spencer Davis died yesterday in Los Angeles, the festival will present a tribute on record to the incredible Spencer Davis Group.   From 6pm at The Bull’s Head – home of...

Melvin Hancox Band

Born to song writer and playwright Stephen and artist Lynette, Melvin has had material played on the BBC, Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock Show and live interviews and sessions on mainstream national radio along with writing and television work.   He has currently...

Ronnie’s – Opening Night

“Ronnie’s” is a celebration of the legacy of Ronnie Scott and his world famous jazz club. Featuring previously unseen and unheard performances as well as interviews with some of the most iconic figures in music, the film explores the club’s 60 year history and shines a...

Count Basie: Through His Own Eyes

Friday October 24th at 9.00 pm needs noting in the diaries of all lovers of the best in big band jazz. Rather belatedly BBC Four is screening the late Jeremy Marre’s 75-minute documentary, Count Basie: Through his Own Eyes, produced in 2018 in association with Eagle...

Alan Barnes

During the months of lockdown Alan has been completing his latest suite for octet, based on Dickens’ David Copperfield, and with his previous suite, Jazz Portraits hardly premiered before lockdown, Barnes the composer will be well to the forefront as things return to...

Alex Clarke

Up and coming sax star Alex Clarke has an assurance and awareness of tradition remarkable in one so young – as her many fans found at last year’s festival. Predominantly a tenor saxist who acknowledges the influence of Lester Young and Ben Webster, she is equally at...

Bill Coleman

One of the regular members of the outstanding house rhythm sections at the Birmingham festival, Bill Coleman is best known as a first call bassist with many of the top traditional jazz bands. For many years he played with the Kenny Ball Band and, when Amy Roberts and...

Bruce Adams

Bruce Adams needs no introduction to Birmingham Festivalgoers as one of the most dynamic trumpeters around, a ferocious player with impeccable technique who has appeared here in various all star line-ups, ranging from Kenny Baker’s Dozen to Alan Barnes Octet, led the...

Chris Bowden

  Chris is highly rated as an arranger with his own individual style, but is best known at the Birmingham festival for his work as a saxophonist in a small group setting. His latest album, Unlikely Being, was released in 2018 and, prior to the impact of the...

Dave Newton

Multiple British Jazz Award winner, Dave Newton is a pianist of great originality and individuality who also has the ability to fit perfectly into ensembles of many different sizes and styles. He has been the mainstay of many of Alan Barnes’ groups (octets, for the...

John Patrick

For many years a major figure on the Midlands music scene, John Patrick has a CV that includes much respected spells as a stalwart of the Musicians Union and as Head of Music at ATV/Central Television. Now he uses his vast experience on the Jazz Festival Board. Most...

Keith Bill

A key element in the Festival’s presentation of solo jazz stars is effective accompaniment and for many years Keith Bill has been a reassuring sight at the keyboard. A keenly attentive, unselfish and responsive accompanist as well as a fine soloist, he is particularly...

Malcom Garrett

Malcolm Garrett epitomises the variety within a musician’s life. On the one hand he is a distinguished percussion tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, a long-time associate of the great American drum tutor Jim Chapin, father of the more famous Harry; on the...

The Nitecrawlers

Regular favourites at Henry’s Blueshouse off Broad Street, the Nitecrawlers return to the Jazz Festival, once again re-creating the sheer enjoyment of the original R&B clubs of the 1960s. With a lifetime of experience between them they have appeared alongside some...

Roy Forbes

Roy Forbes has long been a favourite at the Birmingham Jazz Festival, with a personal vocal style that is, in the words of Jazz UK, ‘infused with the warmth of his own personality.’ A noted interpreter of the Great American Songbook, Roy has made an impact on festival...

Sheila Waterfield

Working in all musical settings from duo to 17-piece big band, Sheila Waterfield’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, folk, soul, Latin and blues, described by Ron Bailey of Jazz Live as ‘a beautiful warm expressive voice.’ Her third studio album, Every Sunrise,...

The Shufflepack

Patrons of the Jazz Festival, together with regulars at Henry’s Blueshouse off Broad Street, are familiar with the Shufflepack’s brand of groovy shuffling blues in the classic style, from Chicago to the West Coast. Led by the vocals and harmonica of noted blues...

Swing Cafe

Swing Café is a stylish swing/jazz band playing well known and loved tunes from the 1920s to the 1950s. Led by popular Midlands vocalist Billie Baker, Swing Café consists of highly talented musicians with an impressive collective CV. Together they have played numerous...

Tipitina

Having built up their following with the appealing, but slightly unsatisfactory, expedient of online performances in recent months, Tipitina are back live and in public with their unique blend of blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel, in the New Orleans tradition of...

Tom Hill

Tom Clarke-Hill defies stereotypes. A Californian long based in Birmingham, he is an actor, presenter and voice-over artist as well as being a highly versatile musician. Among his recent feature films in the JK Rowling tale of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,...

The Whiskey Brothers

Richard Heath (vocals and mandolin) and Gerry Smith (piano) are the Whiskey Brothers, playing the music of 1930s and 1940s American juke joints and combining old-style acoustic blues with their own original material. A quarter of a century ago they formed the Splinter...

Garry Allcock

Garry is best known as the leader of the All Stars Big Band which has played with such jazz stars as Maynard Ferguson, Cleo Laine, Kenny Baker and Ronnie Scott – plus such less jazz-aligned names as Harry Secombe and Russ Abbot – but as a drummer he is highly...