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The Virtual But Remarkably Real

Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival

17th-26th July 2020

Welcome to the home page for our Virtual, But Remarkably Real Jazz Festival in 2020. With Coronavirus forcing the postponement of our 2020 event until 16th-25th October, we thought that it’d be a shame not to have some great music to enjoy over the original festival dates in July.


So every day from 17th-26th at 8am we’ll be sharing regular features, videos, pictures, a bunch of random thoughts, memories and anecdotes – some of them actually true.


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Friday 17th July

Potato Head Jazz Band, A Day For Lady Day, How To Start A Jazz Festival, Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Edwards and more – click here to read

Saturday 18th July

The Mighty Flea, Added Saxitude, Great Great Pleasure, Duncan Swift and Minnie The Moocher – click here to view


Sunday 19th July

Schwing Out, Humph on Wax, Brown in Brum, We Call Him Al and more – click here to read

Monday 20th July

Featuring Pepper and The Jellies, The Whiskey Brothers, The Chinese Jitterbug Squad and The Ever Present Digby Fairweather – Click here to view


Tuesday 21st July

Tuesday is Bluesday! New album by Chick Willis, previously unseen footage of Charles Brown, Doctor Ross the Harmonica Boss, a message from The Jim Dandies and more – click here to view

Wednesday 22nd July

Zauto Stompers, Dave The Dog, Sun Ra in Marbella and more – click here to view

Thursday 23rd July

Welcome to the land of Jazz: Birmingham! Click here to view our phototasic extravaganza.


Friday 24th July

Jitterbugs, ukes and shutterbugs – click here to read


Saturday 25th July

Makin’ Whoopee, King Pleasure in Russia, Jazz City UK, Shanghai Swing and more – click here to view

Sunday 26th July

Wish They Were Here, To The Manor Born, Cajun Cooking and the 30W Pram – click here to view

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