The 101st great thing

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Chris Bowden (Pic: Garry Corbett)

There’s a supplement in The Birmingham Post today called 100 Great Things About The West Midlands. While some of us would prefer it to be included in that 100, let’s compromise and add a 101st.

Birmingham’s jazz scene is a great thing – the jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire is drawing some of the most talented young players to the city, the Cobweb Collective reflects the strong community that results, and incorporates not just students but graduates of the course who have chosen to make Birmingham their workplace.

The Drum, Symphony Hall/Town Hall, the CBSO Centre, the Rainbow in Digbeth, the Cross in Moseley and the Jam House in the Jewellery Quarter, the White Swan in Stratford, Taylor John’s in Coventry have all provided vital performance spaces, and Birmingham Jazz, Stratford Jazz and Coventry Jazz as promoters have commissioned new works and provided great support for these musicians.

All have contributed to keeping Chris Bowden, Sara Colman, Soweto Kinch, Bryan Corbett, the Sub Ensemble, Maylight, the Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more making strong new Birmingham jazz.



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  1. Yes I noticed that the jazz scene was omitted from the list and agree totally we should celebrate the range of styles regularly on offer in a number of diverse venues in Birmingham. Interesting that the Supersonic Festival run by Capsule gets a deserved mention, but not the jazz scene. To be controversial, perhaps this is because there is not as yet a contemporary jazz festival in Birmingham that shows the same inspirational programming as the Supersonic Festival. But I think we can confidently claim that both the quality and the quantity of jazz on offer in the West Midlands round the year is the best outside London and often rivals London itself.

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