Brum welcomes the world – the three-way bet you can’t lose

It’s one of those Friday nights jam-packed with delights in the Midlands’ Big Smoke tonight. Birmingham Jazz, Jazzlines and Beat City all have fine bands visiting the city and representing the fact that jazz really is a world genre. Musicians playing tonight come from Portugal, the U.S., Sweden, Slovenia, Italy and Brazil, with solid representation from the United Kingdom as well, naturally.

Vitor Pereira

Vitor Pereira

First up, timewise, is the Vitor Pereira Quintet who are at The Red Lion in Hockley from 7.45pm. The Portuguese guitarist has a new album out called New World which will be officially launched later this month on the F-IRE label but will be available tonight.

The album, and tonight’s gig, features the excellent saxophone pairing of Chris Williams on alto and George Crowley on tenor, along with Dave Hamblett on drums and Italian bassist Andrea Di Biase.

  • For more details go here.
Chapter 100 and a Dream

Chapter 100 and a Dream

From the Jewellery Quarter to the Chinese Quarter and over at The Glee Club is a Jazzlines presentation of  Chapter 100 and a Dream. The group is a trio comprising Swedish vocalist Emilia Mårtennson, Slovenian accordionist Janez Dovc and Brazilian percussionist Adriano Adewale. They all bring storytelling and folk influences to the music which is mostly acoustic with some electronic tweaks.

In the support slot are a Birmingham-based duo of vocalist Anthony Marsden and guitarist Gareth Fowler. The gig starts at 8pm.

  • For more details go here.
Patrick Cornelius

Patrick Cornelius

Beat City is an occasional promoter on the Birmingham scene, but the quality of their presentations is invariably excellent. Tonight’s is U.S. saxophonist Patrick Cornelius and his new project While We’re Still Young.

As the title suggests, the New Yorker is currently taking his inspiration from the A.A. Milne poetry in the volume of the same name. It’s a very personal project for Cornelius, stemming from his memories of being read the Milne verses as a child and now reading it to his own daughter.

Cornelius has been working with Birmingham Conservatoire today and this evening he will be at The Jewellers Arms in Hockley with Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Alex Garnett on tenor, Nick Vayenas (also from the U.S.) on trombone, Phil Robson or David Preston on guitar, Michael Janisch on bass and Andrew Bain on drums. The album is due out any moment on Whirlwind Recordings.

  • For more details go to Beat City’s Facebook event page here.
  • And to see what else is on for the rest of the month go to thejazzbreakfast’s diary page here.


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