Birmingham Jazz announces its full autumn programme

Asaf Sirkis

Asaf Sirkis

Birmingham Jazz, purveyors of good jazz in the traditional setting of an upstairs pub room, with the bonus, for those who care about these things, of the finest ale I have ever tasted*, have some strong trios in their autumn line-up.

This Friday, 20 September, drummer Asaf Sirkis kicks things off at The Red Lion in Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.

Sirkis, the Israeli drummer resident in London who was for a long time with Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble, is now involved in a range of bands including playing with Tim Garland.

In his own Trio, with Greek guitarist Tassos Spiliotopoulos, he can most fully explore both the subtlety of his world percussion technique and the rock fusion power of his drums. The trio has a new album just out, called Shepherd’s Stories (review here), and it’s the most effective yet in showing the scope and accessibility of the band’s music.

Spiliotopoulos is a wide-ranging and adventurous guitarist, and the rapport that he has developed with Sirkis should be great to experience live.

The bassist on the album is Yaron Stavi, but for this gig it’s Kevin Glasgow.

It starts at 7.45pm and entrance is £12 (£10 for members – you can join on the night).

The rest of the gigs are as follows (all are at The Red Lion, the main ones are £12/£10 to get in; the Club ones are free to members with a £5 charge for non-members):

Friday 27 September: Martin Speake Trio

Friday 11 October: Roy Forbes/Club Night

Friday 18 October: Matt Ridley Trio with Jason Yarde

Friday 1 November: Arabella Sprot/Club Night

Friday 8 November: Karen Street’s Streetworks

Friday 29 November: Nicolas Meier Trio

For more information, go here and to reserve a seat email

* Bathams

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