Tonight at the CBSO Centre the former Empirical pianist and recent graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, John Escreet, returns from that fab island to this with some important new friends.
They include the alto saxophonist David Binney, who has wowed audiences here before with his street-sharp style, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey, who is a member of the trio Fieldwork with pianist Vijay Iyer.
So, the finest downtown New York has to offer led by a man who cut his jazz teeth with the Doncaster Youth Jazz Association and has since played with Julian Siegel, Gerard Presencer, Denys Baptiste among others, before studying with Jason Moran and Kenny Barron at the Manhattan school and playing with Seamus Blake and Wayne Krantz.
The John Escreet Group with David Binney are at the CBSO Centre at 8pm. Tickets are £12 from 0121 767 4050, at www.thsh.co.uk and on the door – this is a Birmingham Jazz gig.