My top five Midland gigs – October 2016

If you are going to try a few gigs in the English Midlands this month, these are the ones I’d choose from first:

The Impossible Gentlemen

The Impossible Gentlemen

Saturday 8
The Impossible Gentlemen
Jazz @ The Arena, Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton
8pm, £15
The Anglo-American band now numbers five with the addition of saxophonist/clarinettist Iain Dixon. One of the finest 21st Century jazz groups I know, and hugely enjoyable live.
More HERE.

Tuesday 11
Ellery Eskelin
Fizzle, The Lamp Tavern, Digbeth, Birmingham
7.30pm, £7
Wichita-born but never a line man… The New York based tenor saxophonist pays a rare Birmingham visit, and explores his experimental side in a solo performance. Something of a scoop for promoters Fizzle.
More HERE.

Andy Sheppard (Photo © Sara Da Costa)

Andy Sheppard (Photo © Sara Da Costa)

Thursday 20
Andy Sheppard’s Hotel Bristol
Jazz Steps, Bonnington Theatre, Arnold, Notts
8pm, £15
The saxophonist takes a break from ECM and Bley for a back-to-his-roots, groove-oriented outing with guitarist Denny Illet, paying passing tribute to Lovano and Scofield along the way.
More HERE.

Friday 21
Alexander Hawkins Ensemble
Derby Jazz, Voicebox, Derby
8pm, £12
Thoroughly original and forward-looking band with the giant reedsman Shabaka Hutchings on board.
More HERE.

Wednesday 26
Match & Fuse Mini-Festival
Jazzlines, Hare And Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
8pm, £10 (or £12.50 on the door)
Three European bands – Horse Orchestra. Krokofant and Stepmother Jag – for the price of one courtesy of the ground-breaking underground music promoters. The place to show Brexit the finger.
More HERE.

For an extensive listing of Birmingham jazz gigs this month, look out for the Jazz In Birmingham leaflets at venues around the city, or view a PDF HERE.

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