Ben Lee – October 2016

Ben Lee is from Devon, got into guitar playing Blink 182 songs, studied at Exeter College and Birmingham Conservatoire, and graduated last year. Since then he has worked with his Quintet, with Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and other bands, on a cruise ship… Read More ›

James Tartaglia

James Tartaglia teaches at Keele University which is where I met him to talk about how a jazz saxophonist became a senior lecturer in philosophy – and how he has finally brought his two passions together in a band called… Read More ›

Johnny Hunter – June 2016

Manchester-based drummer and composer – and former astrophysics student – Johnny Hunter is about to release a new album, While We Still Can, with his Quartet – Ben Watte on tenor saxophone, Graham South on trumpet and Stewart Wilson on bass… Read More ›

Olie Brice

Double bassist Olie Brice plays jazz and the music known as improv, both as a leader and a sideman. He has a trio, a duo and a band called BABs, but it’s with his quintet that he made an album… Read More ›

Juliet Kelly

Singer and songwriter Juliet Kelly is coming to Birmingham Jazz’s Legends Festival on Sunday 22 May. She will be Celebrating The Divas Of Jazz – singing songs associated with Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Nina Simone with a piano trio. She… Read More ›

Juan Carlos Arenas

Juan Carlos Arenas is a Colombian guitarist and composer now resident in the UK. He plays in various bands and is also a writer of film music. He has been visiting artist at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama,… Read More ›

Rosie Clements

The 2016 Frontiers Festival opens in Birmingham today and promises two weeks of creative, experimental and boundary-pushing new music, including more jazz than ever. Rosie Clements is its artistic director. On its publicity the festival uses the sub-heading “Demolishing Preconceptions”,… Read More ›