the yardbird

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 ›

The week ahead in gigs

It’s one of those times for enjoying yourself now and relaxing later, with a hefty double bill this evening, and then a quiet weekend. First up it’s the teachers’ turn. Drummer Jeff Ballard (he of countless great sessions and now… Read More ›

Good gigs in small rooms

Two excellent bands play in intimate surroundings over the next two evenings. Saxophonist Alex Merritt, a grad of the Birmingham Conservatoire jazz course and currently playing and teaching in London, has played with the Kit Downes Trio as his band,… Read More ›