Just a few of the choice Midland gigs this week



A reminder that pianist Andrew Woodhead brings his band into The Yardbird this evening. It’s a sextet with Nick Dewhurst on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, Elliot Drew on reeds, James Banner on bass and Jim Bashford on drums.

The band is on from 9pm, there’s trombonist David Sear’s band on beforehand and a jam session afterwards. This is a Beat City gig. More here. Oh, and there might be some exciting news about Andrew to share with you soon…

Playing the Jazzlines Free session at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar tomorrow at 5pm is Realms, featuring London-based vocalist Rosalie Genay and pianist Rebecca Nash. They focus on the music of Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen, creating new arrangements for the band which is completed by Jules Jackson on bass, Andrew Bain on drums and Leo Richardson on saxophone. More here.

There is jazz action on Tuesday in Digbeth as usual, and in Stafford, which is a rarity these days.

Alex Woods

Alex Woods

The Spotted Dog welcomes the Alex Woods Quartet, which is something of an all-star band. Alex is on saxophone, Hans Koller on piano, Percy Pursglove on bass and Jonathan Silk on drums. More here.

Meanwhile up north Chris Gumbley reconvenes his Gumbles Jazz Club for a visit by the gypsy jazz guitarist Robin Nolan and his trio. Nolan is a bit of a star in this area of jazz and can boast Bill Wyman and the late George Harrison as fans. Chris will be sitting in with the band on saxophone and clarinet.

It all happens at the County Staff Club, in Eastgate, Stafford. Doors open at 8pm, entrance is £8.

And on Wednesday, there’s jazz at The Ort Cafe again – hurrah – with Banner, Bayliss and Fowler. That’s James Banner on double bass, Daniel Bayliss on alto saxophone and Gareth Fowler on guitar. It starts at 8.30pm, and this gig has a wide range of entrance fees, from £3 for students and the similarly unemployed, through £5 people with normal jobs, £10 for doctors, teachers and lawyers, and £200 for celebrities. More here.

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