stratford jazz

The week ahead in gigs

The Christmas season is one of nostalgia and tradition, and this week’s jazz acquires that festive tone, with lots of new twists on looking back. Tonight The Puppini Sisters fill Birmingham’s Town Hall with retro-chic and their 1940s-style close harmony… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

Tomorrow’s Rush Hour Blues session in the Symphony Hall foyer bar features pianist Dave Stapleton and his Catching Sunlight project, written for a saxophone quartet, piano bass, drums and trumpet. The quartet in question is the Lunar Saxophone Quartet. The… 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 ›

The week ahead in gigs

Saxophonist Tim Whitehead does not often get a chance to visit the Midlands, so we should take advantage when he does. On Monday he brings his Colour Beginnings project to the Warwick Arts Centre. It’s the result of a project… Read More ›

The week in gigs

In addition to a couple of gigs well within the genre this is also a week to investigate music just outside the jazz arena but still linked by rhythm and the urge to explore. The music of Africa, for example…. Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

One of the highlights of Birmingham’s jazz life in 2010 was the new Mostly Jazz Festival, an offshoot of the Moseley Folk Festival and using the same lovely little park as its pastoral setting. Well, Mostly Jazz is back on… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

Some choice small gigs over the next four days, with a great variety of music, from contemporary song-writing to classic big band charts, with a little Gambian roots sounds thrown in. Tonight in Birmingham the vibes player Julian Powell brings… Read More ›

The week ahead in gigs

It’s a week of great gigs in small venues, with a jam-packed programme tonight. Down at Andy Hamilton’s regular Thursday Bearwood Jazz night in the Bearwood Corks Club, tenor saxophonist, Birmingham Conservatoire graduate and 2010 Yamaha Jazz Scholar Lluis Mather… Read More ›