February 2016

Here is a list of gigs across the English Midlands for the next 29 days. I don’t claim it’s comprehensive at all – these are just the gigs I know about and/or think thejazzbreakfast readers might be interested in. (Want your gig added? See note at end. The format is band, brief description, organisation, venue, time, price)

2 TUESDAY

Ant Law Trio
Exciting trio led by London-based guitarist
Jazz at The Spotted Dog 9pm Suggested £5 donation

3 WEDNESDAY

Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders

Okkyung Lee/John Butcher/Mark Sanders
Improvised music
Fizzle/TDE Promotions | mac 7:30pm £10/8

4 THURSDAY

Henry Newman
Henry will be joined by the powerful voice of Janice Williamson, ex-Black Voices
Silvershine Jazz Club | Bearwood Corks Club 9pm £5/4

Malija
Supertrio of Lockheart, Noble and Høiby
Jazz Steps | Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Notts 8pm £12

5 FRIDAY

Chris Gumbley Quintet
The Staffordshire saxophonist leads a tight band
Jazzlines | Symphony Hall foyer 5pm Free

The Ben Lee Quintet
Up and coming Birmingham guitarist plays with his quintet tunes from their soon to be released album
Birmingham Jazz | The Red Lion, Hockley 7:45pm £6.50

Jean Toussaint’s Roots and Herbs
Music from the Art Blakey book
Jazz At The Arena | Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 8pm £20

Steve Waterman Trio
A celebration of jazz trumpet
Derby Jazz | The CUBE Deda, Derby 8pm £10

9 TUESDAY

Chris Pitsiokis: Protean Reality + Woodhead/Mapp
Improvised music
Fizzle | The Lamp Tavern 7:30pm £5

Tom Syson Sextet
As part of their UK tour, original compositions from this exciting contemporary sextet
Jazz at The Spotted Dog 9pm Suggested £5 donation

10 WEDNESDAY

Blue Piano Showcase
See the venue for more details
The Blue Piano 7pm Free

Almost Blue/KERBB
Double bill of local bands
Stratford Jazz | Stratford ArtsHouse 8pm £6

Dan Tepfer
Bach’s Goldberg Variations with the pianist’s own jazz Variations
Jazzlines | Symphony Hall stage 8pm £12

11 THURSDAY

Junior Blue Notes Half-Term Gig
Young, talented musicians playing alongside their fathers, who are members of the Blue Notes
Silvershine Jazz Club | Bearwood Corks Club 9pm £5/4

12 FRIDAY

Emily Francis Trio
Contemporary twist on the piano jazz trio
Jazzlines | Symphony Hall Foyer 5pm Free

Vitor Pereira Quintet
Portuguese guitarist with two saxophones in the front line and a new album
Birmingham Jazz | The Red Lion, Hockley, Birmingham 7.45pm £12.50

Chapter 100 and a Dream – Emilia Mårtennson /Janez Dovc/ Adriano Adewale plus support
Words, music and imagination
Jazzlines | Glee Club Studio 8pm £10

Zoe Rahman Trio
The pianist with Mark Lewandowski (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums)
Leicester Jazz House | Fraser Nobel Hall, Leicester 8pm £12

MJQ Celebration
Tonight, Matthew, Jim Hart is Milt Jackson
Derby Jazz | Robert Ludlam Theatre, Derby 8pm £15

Patrick Cornelius – While We’re Still Young
U.S. saxophonist fronts a septet including Alex Garnett, Michael Janisch and Anderw Bain
Beat City, Jewellers Arms, Hockley, Birmingham 9pm £?

13 SATURDAY

Roy Forbes

Roy Forbes

Roy Forbes Trio
One of Birmingham’s favourite singers
The Blue Piano 7pm Free

GoGo Penguin
Mercury Prize trio with a new album to play
Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry 7.30pm £16

16 TUESDAY

Johnny Hunter Quartet
Drummer-led group back by popular demand as part of their February tour dates
Jazz at The Spotted Dog 9pm Suggested £5 donation

17 WEDNESDAY

Partikel’s String Theory
Edgy jazz-rock gets some strings attached
Studio, Lichfied Garrick Theatre 7.45pm £12

Callum Roxbrough Orchestra
Swing tunes given a modern feel
George IV, Lichfield 8pm £5

Andy Panayi Trio
Saxophonist with Birmingham rhythms from Pursglove and Bain
Leam-Jazz | Leamington Rugby Club, Leamington Spa 8pm £8

18 THURSDAY

Cormac Loane
Fabulous alto player with his quartet playing a set of ballads to bebop
Silvershine Jazz Club | Bearwood Corks Club 9pm £5/4

Will Butterworth Quartet featuring Dylan Howe
Pianist mixes new originals and standards
Jazz Steps | Bonington Theatre, Arnold, Notts 8pm £12

19 FRIDAY

The Mitch Perrins Atlantic Quintet
Drummer back from New York with his Survival Suite
Jazzlines | Symphony Hall Foyer 5pm Free

Fred Skidmore Trio
Keyboard-led band
The Blue Piano 7pm Free

20 SATURDAY

Sticky Wicket Swingtet
Swing from Goodman to Dorsey
Lichield Guildhall 8pm £15

23 TUESDAY

Prevost/Chant/Edwards
Improvised music
Fizzle | The Lamp Tavern 7:30pm £5

Helena Kay Trio
Current Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year brings her exciting trio for their debut Birmingham performance
Jazz at The Spotted Dog 9pm Suggested £5 donation

24 WEDNESDAY

Chris Bowden and The Tomorrow Band
Fiery altoist leading his trio
Stratford Jazz | Stratford ArtsHouse 8pm £12

25 THURSDAY

Kinda Dukish Big Band
Ellington classics
British Oak, Stirchley, B30 2XS 8.30pm £5

Vula Viel

Vula Viel

Vula Viel plus support
African traditions and jazz experimentation
Jazzlines | Hare & Hounds 8:30pm £10

Bon Accord
Gypsy jazz at its finest, put on your dancing shoes for this one
Silvershine Jazz Club | Bearwood Corks Club 9pm £5/4

26 FRIDAY

Ricky Cool & the In Crowd
Sharp suits and sharp sounds
Jazzlines | Symphony Hall Foyer 5pm Free

Emily Saunders
Distinctive singer performs songs from her album Outsiders Insiders
Leicester Jazz House | Attenborough Arts, Leicester 8pm £12

27 SATURDAY

Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier
Two guitar masters
Lichfield Guildhall 8pm £12

28 SUNDAY

Walsall Jazz Orchestra
Big band with a funk punch
The Feathers, Lichfield 8pm Free

Ed Jones/Mark Sanders/Mark Lewandowski
Tenor man revisists his free jazz roots
Derby Jazz | Voicebox, Derby 2pm £10

  • If your gig is not here please add it as a comment to this post and in due course I’ll try to include it in the main list. In the meantime, there it will be in the comments. Please try to stick to the same format as in the main post, and keep it to the English Midlands. I don’t want this to become too wordy with descriptions – those are for me to compose elsewhere in this site in the Live Preview category. Just stick to the facts!


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