The week ahead – and the Sugarfoot Stomp

Tomorrow evening (Friday) there’s the chance to start with a listen to what happens when a young US-born, Birmingham-raised pianist meets a Croatian guitarist, a Dutch bassist and a Bulgarian drummer. And there’s the chance to dance!

First, the multinational jazz. The band is called Ex Tempore and is led by pianist and composer Andrea Vicari.

Andrea studied at the Guildhall and her first band included Julian Arguelles on saxophone and Human Chain bassist Stuart Hall. Her other bands have included the all-women Birds, and an 11-piece jazz orchestra called Suburban Gorillas.

She has made four albums and some of the material for this gig will come from her latest, Mango Tango.

Ex Tempore play the Birmingham Jazz/Symphony Hall Rush Hour Blues session from 5.30pm to 7pm in the Symphony Hall foyer bar and entrance is free.

From there, head out to the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath for a night of vintage swing dance with the Ed Puddick Dance Band in collaboration with The Sugarfoot Stomp.

Trombonist Ed Puddick played a storming Rush Hour Blues set last year co-leading the Haines-Puddick Jazz Orchestra, and with his Dance Band he brings the same expertise and energy to bear on the kind of high-energy swing music favoured by The Sugarfoot Stomp. And he has trumpeter Percy Pursglove in the band – a man guaranteed to whip up a storm.

The SS comprise Doris, Daisy, Dixie, Daphne, Dorothy, Dorkas and Dakota, ladies from a more glamorous age united in their love of old-fashioned delights – like confectionary, the Andrew Sisters and bunting. It’s the Sugarfoot’s sixth birthday so expect lots of jolly celebrations. Entry is “four British pounds” on the door, and the party starts at 8pm.

This event is mounted by Sounds Friendly, new kids on the block for stylish musical promotion in the West Midlands. Find out more about the gig and Sounds Friendly’s other events at

On Saturday, it’s time to take a break from Western jazz and opt instead for the oud – in fact, three of them. Le Trio Joubran are three Palestinian brothers who bring flamenco virtuosity and some improvisational sensibility to this glorious low-toned, ancestor of the guitar. They are in the middle of their first UK tour, and go on stage at the mac at 8pm, and tickets are £12 from or 0121 4463232.

On Sunday the Live Box is back, not at the Drum but at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, where London-based, internationally acclaimed guitarist Ciyo Brown performs with his World Music Acoustic Trio featuring Colin McNeish on double bass and Lenny Edwards on percussion.

The band incorporates a large range of influences into its music including jazz, reggae, soul and Latin. In support is poet Jonathan Morley accompanied by Robert Mitchell at the piano.

The Live Box opens at 7.45pm and tickets are £5. Find out more at

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  1. its a great night out and at the Hare & Hounds they have a great sound system set up,it being just around the corner for me also has its advantages !

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