My top 10 Midland gigs – May 2016

Here are the 10 gigs I consider to be the most attractive/exciting/worth-a-listen this month.

Arild Andersen - in Nottingham.

Arild Andersen – in Nottingham.

Thursday 5
World Service Project
Jazzlines, The Hare And Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham, 8.30pm, £10
Punchy Brit-jazz with a punk spirit from Dave Morecroft and crew.
More HERE.

Friday 6
Derby Jazz, Robert Ludlum Theatre, Derby, 8pm, £13
If you missed this dream trio of Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, here’s your third time lucky.
More HERE.

Monday 9
Bain/Pursglove plus Mark Hodgson, John O’Gallagher and Simon Peter King
Yorks Bakery, Stephenson St, Birmingham, 7.30pm, Free
A welcome return of the Yorks sessions led by the drummer and trumpeter/bassist.
More HERE.

Wednesday 11
Dave O’Higgins Quartet
Stratford Jazz, Stratford Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon, 7.30pm, £6
High-powered tenor man with Graham Harvey on piano, Geoff Gascoyne on bass and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums.
More HERE.

Wednesday 18
Arild Andersen Trio
Jazz Steps, Djanogly Theatre, Nottingham, 8pm, £16
The Norwegian double bassist with Tommy Smith on saxophone and Paolo Vinaccia on drums – marvellous!
More HERE.

Wednesday 18
Jason Rebello
Jazzlines, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 8pm, £10
The latest in the solo piano series which places the audience with the player on the Symphony Hall stage.
More HERE.

Wednesday 18
Ken Vandermark + Nate Wooley Duo
Fizzle/TDE Promotions, MAC, Birmingham, 8pm, £10
The reedsman from Chicago meets the trumpeter from New York. There will be fireworks.
More HERE.

Jeremy Price (Photo © William Ellis)

Jeremy Price (Photo © William Ellis)

Saturday 21
The Train And The River
Birmingham Jazz Legends Festival, The Red Lion, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, 2pm, £12.50
Trombonist Jeremy Price takes inspiration from the 1957 Jimmy Giuffre/Bob Brookmeyer/Jim Hall album.
More HERE.

Sunday 22
Thomas Stronen’s Time Is A Blind Guide
Jazzlines, CBSO Centre, Birmingham, 7.30pm, £15
The Norwegian drummer with UK pianist Kit Downes and strings.
More HERE.

Tuesday 31
Misha Mullov-Abado Quintet
The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham, 9pm, £5 donation
Young London bass player and composer with a lively band.
More HERE.

  • For loads more excellent gigs in Birmingham over this month and next, go to the Jazz In Birmingham site HERE.


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