Birmingham Jazz, the organisation that programmes jazz in the upstairs room of The Red Lion in Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter, opened their 2014 programme with a club night from Lydia Glanville earlier this month and last Friday with Josh Kemp’s Jazz Prophets, but they have loads more in store. Here’s a summary:
Friday 14 February
Ant Law Trio – the Edinburgh and Berklee-trained guitarist played at last year’s Beat City Festival – now he’s back.
Friday 21 February
Originally billed as saxophonist Tori Freestone‘s Compassionate Dictatorship band, this will in fact be another Trio date with Freestone joined by Tim Giles on drums and Dave Manington on double bass.
Friday 28 February
The Just Us Quartet consists of four strong players: Tony Kofi and Ed Jones on saxophones, Larry Bartley on double bass and Rod Youngs on drums.
All these gigs are £12 (£10 for members) and all start at 7.45pm.
And in between them are Club Nights which are free for BJ members and £5 for everyone else. They feature the David Grey Electric Quintet (this Friday 31 Jan); Me & 3 (7 Feb); The Forgotten Fairground Project (7 March); and Tumbleweed (21 March).
For more about all of these gigs and about Birmingham Jazz in general, go to their website here or their Facebook page.