The 2016 JQ Jazz Legends Festival – part two

Birmingham Jazz is giving us not one but two Legends Festivals in 2016 on their home patch in the Jewellery Quarter to the north-west of the city centre, and that’s before we get to BJ’s big birthday celebrations in the autumn.

This second part of the JQ Jazz Legends Festival ties in with the Jewellery Quarter’s own general shindig this weekend, with lots of open studios and family fun events planned.

Meanwhile, for the jazzers there is a range of bands from duos to quintets, some playing in coffee bars with free entry, others in the upstairs room at The Red Lion in Warstone Lane for a modest ticket price. There are the same links with jazz legends, some quite firm, some more tenuous.

The programme goes like this:

Friday 22 July

Andrew Woodhead/Elliot Galvin: Considerable piano talent times two. The Red Lion, 3pm, free.

Chris Bowden and Bryan Corbett (Photo © John Watson/

Chris Bowden and Bryan Corbett (Photo © John Watson/

The Bowden/Corbett Quintet: Saxophonist Chris Bowden and trumpeter Bryan Corbett spark off each other. The Red Lion, 7.30pm, £12.50

Saturday 23 July

Steve Tromans/Ruth Angell: Piano in duet with vocals/violin to help the breakfast digest. Pomegranate Coffee Shop, 10.30am, free.

Robbie Fearon Quartet: Conservatoire saxophonist leads a band of grads that includes Ben Lee on guitar. Saint Kitchen, 1.30pm, free.

Chris Gumbley Quintet: The Cannonball Adderley tribute group. The Red Lion, 7.30pm, £12.50.

Sunday 24 July

Ray Butcher

Ray Butcher

Vittorio Mura Quintet: A different Conservatoire saxophonist, a different sound. Saint Kitchen, 12 noon, free.

Ray Butcher Quintet: The ever-popular trumpeter takes the lead. The Red Lion, 7.30pm, £12.50.

  • Full details of Birmingham Jazz’s JQ Jazz Legends Festival are HERE.
  • More about the JQ Festival HERE.


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