Most tempting gig of the week is this evening. It’s a semi-educational affair at a location deep inside the warren that is Birmingham Conservatoire.
On the surface it’s a chance for students on the BMus honours jazz degree course to perform in groups and show what they have learnt. Such is the standard at the Conservatoire, that in itself would provide a satisfying hour or so of contemporary jazz.
The fact that the institution’s visiting tutor is the great double bass player and bandleader Dave Holland is the added “wow” factor.
Dave, who played with Miles Davis and currently consistently draws the top spot in critics’ “best band on the planet” lists, will have been coaching the bands on how to play his music, and will introduce them tonight. We may even get to hear a bass solo from him.
It all happens in the Recital Hall at Birmingham Conservatoire’s Paradise Place headquarters (there should be signs in the building or ask the nearest student for directions). It starts at 7.45pm and entrance is £5.50 (£3 for Birmingham Jazz members) on the door.