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Marking 33 years in 2017, Birmingham and Solihull Jazz Festival returns this summer with another packed programme of sensational sounds across the city. Ahead of the July event, the organising team this year hosted a special celebration dinner with live music from two festival favourites.

On Thursday 25 May, audiences were invited to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at the newly-opened Birmingham Conference and Events Centre, along with live music from Midlands Kings of Swing King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, as well as New Orleans-inspired band Tipitina.

In the 33 years since its 1985 debut, the Birmingham and Solihull Jazz Festival has put on an amazing 6,072 (mostly free) performances, attracted a total audience in excess of 2.6million, and generated an impressive. £68million in revenue.

Festival Director Jim Simpson, said: “The Festival has so much to celebrate. This year sees our 33rd anniversary, making it the longest-running festival in Birmingham, the longest jazz festival in England and the largest free jazz and blues event in Europe, and that’s certainly worth a party. To mark our 33 glorious years we are putting on a celebration dinner in the heart of Birmingham.”