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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

((Duke Inn, Sutton Coldfield Alan Barnes Quartet Alan Barnes Quartet No Birmingham jazz festival would be complete without the outstanding clarinettist/saxophonist/composer/arranger Alan Barnes. His career since leaving Humphrey Lyttelton's Band has taken in playing...

Alex Clarke

Anyone who saw Alex Clarke’s streamed performance alongside Alan Barnes from West Bromwich Central Library in October’s festival will have no doubt that hers is a remarkably mature talent and one steeped in the great traditions of jazz. As a finalist in the BBC Young...

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...

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

  Having first made a mark with K-Creative in the acid jazz boom of the early 1990s, saxist Chris Bowden went on to record the highly original Time Capsule in 1996, featuring his arrangements for 12-piece band. As a performer, Chris also has a highly individual...

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

John Patrick has filled many roles in an almost uniquely distinguished career in Midlands jazz and popular music: at ATV/Central, with the Musicians’ Union, on the Jazz Festival Board. Now he is highly respected as an in-demand member of the trios accompanying the...

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

Also a highly regarded teacher – and a long-time associate of the great American drum tutor, Jim Chapin – Malcolm Garrett is a drummer of superb taste and technique in house rhythm sections, the delight of visiting soloists.

The Nitecrawlers

Stalwarts of Henry’s Blueshouse and regulars at such blues festivals as Upton-on-Severn and Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Nitecrawlers aim to re-create the sheer enjoyment of the original R&B clubs of the 60s. With a lifetime of experience between them, the four band...

Roy Forbes

Song stylist Roy Forbes’ vocal style is, as Jazz UK expressed it, ‘infused with the warmth of his own personality.’ His dynamic and soulful treatments of the Great American Songbook have brought him acclaim at international festivals as far afield as Milan and St....

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

Led by singer/harmonica player Stuart ‘Son’ Maxwell, the Shufflepack plays groovy shuffling blues in the classic style, from Chicago to the West Coast. The music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Kings and all the rest, plus plenty of original...

Swing Cafe

Led by popular Midlands singer Billie Baker, Swing Café is a swing and jazz band playing the best loved songs of an era from the 1920s to the 1950s. Fine melodies mix with a sound that keeps on the sunny side of life! In the last year Billie and the band have kept...

Tipitina

Tipitina’s unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans owes much to the music of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and still more to the powerful vocals of Debbie Jones and Justine Randall’s...

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...