3rd January 2019

A Great Day in Birmingham

Celebrating the Jazz Scene in Birmingham

Probably all those involved in jazz have seen the iconic Art Kane picture of 57 jazz musicians in front of a Brownstone in Harlem in 1958. Books and prints are available of and about this image see Art Kane's website


And here's the A Great Day in Birmingham Picture!


The jazz scene in around Birmingham is now very strong with a wide range of musicians, promoters, clubs and venues. We have one of the top jazz courses at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (with it's own jazz club) and regular festivals and special events. There is also a prominent jazz research group at BCU and part of the National Jazz Archive is now housed there. And we produce the Jazz in Birmingham guide every two months which includes gigs from Fizzle, Jazzlines, Club Bebop, Second Cup, Cherry Reds, The Spotted Dog, The Blue Piano, TDE Promotions, Birmingham Jazz, PizzaExpress Live, Eastside Jazz Club, Silvershine Jazz Club, Bournville Social Club, The Warehouse Sessions and Sunday Jazz at 1000 Trades.

And we have Soweto Kinch not only playing but hosting radio and TV and another of our own Xhosa Cole won the 2018 Young Jazz Musician of the Year. This is all on top of the great music and musicians playing in and around the area. It feels like a good time to celebrate all this jazz by getting as many as possible of those involved in the jazz scene together in one photograph.
Mondays seem like a good day as not much jazz happens then and the morning also seems to suit. So it's set for 11th February at 10am in Victoria Square Birmingham.

Brian Homer is coordinating the session but other photographers will hopefully get involved. Brian is on 07958 339745 or use the contact form on the home page to email him.

There's a Facebook group but we are also keen to include those not on Facebook or who use it rarely so please spread the information around.

Thanks to The Flash Centre Birmingham for supporting us by lending a medium format, high resolution camera.