rush hour blues

The week ahead in Midland gigs

The National Youth Orchestra are in town for a performance which includes Messiaen’s huge Turangalila-Symphonie on Wednesday evening, but this evening musicians from the orchestra show off their jazz chops at Rush Hour Blues. Now there was a time when… Read More ›

Kwartet by Garry Corbett

Saxophonist Tim Whitehead and saxophonist/clarinettist Tony Woods leading their new band Kwartet at the Rush Hour Blues last night. Photographer Garry Corbett captures so well with this tightly focussed picture the similarly tight intertwining of the two reed instruments in… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

One of the most creative and distinctive new strands in British jazz over the last few years has been the consolidation of a strong crossover between jazz and Asian music. Zoe Rahman’s band with her brother Idris on clarinet, is… Read More ›

Ska’d For Life by Escritt

Russ Escritt gets the hard stare from a deadpan Lluis Mather, during a characteristically uproarious performance from the jazz-meets-ska outfit, Ska’d For Life. Russ was at the band’s Rush Hour Blues gig in Brindleyplace last Friday. Just click on the picture… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

Tomorrow evening’s Rush Hour Blues gig is at the Mint Hotel in Brindleyplace (the usually Symphony Hall foyer bar series traditionally goes walkabout in August) and was due to feature trumpeter Bryan Corbett and his quartet. But Bryan has been… Read More ›

Greene by Corbett

Here’s Casey Greene in full cry. Garry Corbett took this photograph at last Friday’s Rush Hour Blues session in the Symphony Hall foyer. For more of Garry Corbett’s rich and insightful photographs, not only jazz but a whole lot more,… Read More ›