If you are going to try a few gigs in the English West Midlands this month, these are the ones I’d choose from first:
Pilgrimage: Young Pilgrims, Rotunda Of Wonder, Gorillabot
Jazzlines, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
A trio of bands that can only lead to ecstatic exhaustion.
Nigel Price Organ Trio plus Jack Kinsella Trio
Birmingham Jazz, The Red Lion, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham
When it comes to organ trio’s Price’s is the real thing. Part of the trio’s mammoth UK tour with local support.
Birmingham Jazz Orchestra plays Tom Haines
Stratford Jazz, Stratford Arts House, Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford Jazz celebrates its 30th birthday with Tom Haines conducting his own compositions.
Jonathan Silk’s Fragment
Jazzlines, CBSO Centre, Birmingham
Silk adds strings to his big band compositions – and the results are most impressive.
Christmas Big Band
The Spotted Dog, Digbeth, Birmingham
9pm, £5 donation
Silk at the helm again, this time with a wild bunch in Christmas jumpers playing jazzy versions of all your festive faves.
- For a more comprehensive list of what’s on jazz offer in Birmingham this month, get a copy of the Jazz In Birmingham leaflet – you can find it HERE.