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Harry Allen Septet

Review by Peter Vacher EFG London Jazz Festival 606 Club, London 16-11-2016. Having observed the much-vaunted AZIZA quartet sacrifice valid ideas for interminable noise and creativity for mindless repetition just a night before at Cadogan Hall, it was both a… Read More ›

Anoushka Shankar

Review and picture by Garry Corbett Symphony Hall, Birmingham UK 10-11-2016 The sitar in popular music has a chequered history. The 1960s of course raised its profile somewhat with the adoption of the instrument by a certain band and in… Read More ›

Speak Low

Review and pictures by Brian Homer The mac, Birmingham UK 09-11-2016 Strange Fruit is very hard song to do because of getting the tone of it right and because Billie Holiday did such definitive versions of it. So not many… Read More ›

Palm Jazz Festival

Report by Mary James Gliwice, Poland 27/28-10-2016 The exotic sounding Palm Jazz Festival, Gliwice, Poland got its name from a happy accident. The first concert, back in 2010, was held in the Palm House in Gliwice. The idea was good,… Read More ›


CBSO Centre, Birmingham UK 15-10-2016 Review and photographs by John Watson When you see the names Kit Downes, Petter Eldh and James Maddren in the publicity for a new trio, you just know this will be a band that cannot fail…. Read More ›

October Meeting

Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands 08 to 09-10-2016 The October Meeting is a gathering of improvising musicians who meet for a weekend of shifting collaborations curated by Huub van Riel, the director of the Bimhuis, the major club for jazz and improvised music in… Read More ›

The Impossible Gentlemen

Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton 08-10-2016 The Anglo-American quartet had expanded to a quintet since their last visit here, and if the Jazz @ The Arena audience couldn’t expand further due to having reached capacity for this lovely, intimate venue, then they made… Read More ›

Birmingham Jazz Orchestra

Symphony Hall Stage, Birmingham UK 21-09-2016 This Jazzlines gig was also the official launch of Rough Boundaries, Birmingham Jazz Orchestra’s second album since its formation in 2014. Jacky Naylor, composer and conductor of this suite consisting of musical portraits of five… Read More ›