Change of detonator ensures the Fizzle continues



One of the Birmingham jazz/improv scene’s most enduring nights has been the appropriately-named Fizzle, at the Lamp Tavern in Digbeth. For 10 years or so Mike Hurley has been running a couple of Tuesday sessions a month, featuring jazz at the free-er end as well as less classifiable improvisatory musicians.

With Mike’s relocation to Somerset there was the risk that all his dedication and industry in fostering this bedrock night for some of the most imaginative and risky musicians around might be denied a legacy, but another pianist and bright spark, recent Dankworth Prize winner Andrew Woodhead, has taken charge.

Andrew has an exciting autumn Fizzle programme in place:

Tuesday 30 September
duck-rabbit (Joe Wright – saxophone/electronics, Tom Taylor – piano/electronics, James Opstad – double bass/electronics).

Tuesday 14 October
Alan Wilkinson’s Akode featuring Kim Johanessen – guitar, Ola Hoyer – double bass, Dag Erik Knedal Andersen – drums.

Tuesday 28 October DOUBLE BILL
Han-earl Park – guitar, Dominic Lash – bass, Mark Sanders – drums.
Plus A, B & C (Lee Allatson – drums, Stewart Brackley – bass and voice, Bruce Coates – saxophones).

Tuesday 11 November DOUBLE BILL
Andrew Woodhead – piano/electronics, Chris Mapp – bass/fx, Jim Bashford  – drums.
Plus Aaron Diaz project (details tbc).

Tuesday 25 November
Colin Webster – saxophone, Alex Ward – guitar, Andrew Lisle – drums.

Tuesday 9 December
Flying Down Trio (Mike Adcock – piano/accordion,  Stuart Wilding – drums, Mark Unsworth – keyboards).

The Lamp Tavern is described in one on-line guide as “a hidden gem amid the post industrial heartland of Digbeth” so where better to hear some post industrial, cutting edge spontaneous music creation?

  •  All gigs start at 8pm at The Lamp Tavern, Barford St, Birmingham, B5 6AH. Entry is £5 (£3 concessions) on the door.

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  1. Mike Hurley deserves a medal for running what, to me, is one of the best gigs going—maintaining the quality and imaginative program with almost no external support—all the while keeping his own playing and performing career going. I wish him the best in all his future endeavors.

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