Birmingham’s jazz community will come together tomorrow evening to remember one of their own, and one who went too soon: Tom J Baxter. Organiser of this charity fundraising gig, Alicia Gardener-Trejo, explains: “Tom was a bass player at Birmingham Conservatoire… Read More ›
It’s arrived – the biggest UK jazz festival of the year gets underway today in London. The EFG London Jazz Festival runs until Sunday 20 November. There are far too many highlights to mention here – the best way to think about… Read More ›
Sonny Rollins’ tribute is just one of many heartfelt dedications to the Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins collected by London Jazz News and published earlier today. Their depth of feeling and respect for this modest, witty and characterful player who died last… Read More ›
Birmingham Jazz Orchestra, the terrific band of young players formed by trumpeter Sean Gibbs, already has two albums of original music to its name. Now it could have a third. But only if you can assist. Following Sean Gibbs’ Burns… Read More ›
I know we’ve a good chunk of 2016 still to enjoy but a heads-up for a top choice in early ’17: Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur will be playing a Jazzlines gig at the Hare And Hounds on Wednesday 18 January. Dinosaur… Read More ›
He’s responsible for a lot of your Birmingham Friday evening treats… Find out the identity of the latest guest in photographer Garry Corbett’s Stolen Moments series, as well his 5-a-day recommendations. It’s all HERE.
Birmingham Jazz is 40 years old. Happy birthday to BJ! There are all sorts of events this autumn to celebrate this impressive anniversary, centred on a performance of music from a past president of the organisation which is on Saturday. Here’s the… Read More ›
A couple of forty or fifty-something UK jazz musicians are sitting in the upstairs room of a pub in some English city. The imagined conversation might go something like this: “Things are really tough. It wasn’t as difficult as this before… Read More ›
There are too many times these days when the jazz critics are dully united – it often seems that strong opinions have been subsumed beneath a general duty to all pull together in support of this no longer so popular… Read More ›
Jazz – such a catchy little word. Just four letters; the irresistable double zee at the end. In a way it’s easy to understand the attraction for the marketers, the “product” namers. Everyone likes jazz – there are just not… Read More ›
The August edition of photographer and jazz lover Garry Corbett’s Stolen Moments series is now out. The hands can often be seen holding a saxophone or shaking those of visitors to a Midland jazz club. Find out whose they are… Read More ›
Find out in Stolen Moments. Garry Corbett’s latest subject in his monthly portrait feature is HERE.
Two bold claims there I know, and borrowed shamelessly from the kind of overwrought style-shite that abounds on social media. But have a read of this and see if in this instance such hyperbole might not be bloody well spot… Read More ›