… and what are we looking forward to in 2016?

Here are a few thoughts from jazz movers in the English Midlands:

Tony Dudley-Evans, programme adviser Cheltenham Jazz Festival: “I look forward to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival from 27th April to 2nd May, particularly the programme in the Parabola Arts Centre; already announced are the Giovanni Guidi Trio, Andreas Schaerer appearing with Rom Schaerer Eberle and Tim Berne’s Snakeoil.”

Jeremy Price, head of jazz at Birmingham Conservatoire : “Frontiers Jazz, our festival in March, promises to be incredibly memorable. We have drum legend Jeff Ballard as a guest, for coaching student ensembles and doing a solo concert. And Stan Sulzmann is bringing his amazing pad of original Big Band Pieces to do a concert with the Jazz Orchestra. Later on in 2016 we have a visit from Elliot Mason, trombonist of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and then there is surprise billing soon to be announced for the last ever jazz gig in the Adrian Boult Hall on 24 June.”

Percy Pursglove (Photo © Jo Hornsby)

Percy Pursglove (Photo © Jo Hornsby)

Jonathan Silk and Richard Foote, the Spotted Dog Bros: “Looking forward to 2016, we have some amazing gigs lined up for Jazz at the Spotted Dog, kicking off with Chris Young’s Outward Quartet in January and a new trio from trumpet legend Percy Pursglove in March. 2016 also sees a revamp of the late jam sessions now being run by bassist Benedict Muirhead with a focus on it being treated as a third set of music featuring the wealth of local musicians Birmingham has to offer.”

Brian Homer, Birmingham Jazz: “We have had a great 2015 and we are looking forward to an even better 2016. In addition to our regular Friday gigs there will be another weekend Jazz Legends Festival in May followed by a JQJazz Weekend in July and to top it off it’s our 40th Anniversary in September!”

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