March/April 2020 Highlights

Brian has chosen some highlights from the next two months on the scene in Birmingham. But this is only a flavour – check out the full guide to see everything that is on offer!

Paul Dunmall has been doing a series at Eastside Jazz Club jointly promoted with Tony Dudley Evans – on March 5th he revisits the Jon Coltrane Album The Sunship Quartet with Howard Cottle.

Jazzlines has a three day Jazz Connectives Conference on March 8th-10th with some associated gigs including Sara Colman on the 9th on the Symphony Hall Stage.

On the 17th at the Spotted Dog David Ferris brings his Septet of Birmingham and the Midlands best musicians.

Birmingham is fast gaining a reputation for small innovative Festivals and Punkt comes along in March – on the 18ththere is a Remixing the Festival Symposium at BCU with Finoa Talkington, Jan Bang and others. Then on the 19th Trish Clowes plays in a duo with Louise McMonagle at the Conservatoire.

Joey Walter’s Me&3 Saxophone Quartet is featured at the regular 5pm free gig by Jazzlines on the 20th March. Then later in the evening you can catch Clark Tracey’s Quintet which features local heroes Elliott Sansom and James Owston.

Pizza Express Live in Birmingham has the innovative African feel of Bex Burch’s Vula Viel on Saturday 21st March.

Top New York guitarist Peter Bernstein is the star attraction this season at the Eastside Jazz Club on March 25th.

There’s a new History of European Jazz by Franco Martinelli and the launch is at the Library of Birmingham on Saturday 28th March with a talk by the editor Alyn Shipton of Radio 3. Violinist Sarah Farmer will also be playing.

Will Glaser who plays drums with Soweto Kinch brings his new Climbing in Circles project to Birmingham Jazz on April 3rd.

On the 7th April there’s another two gigs in a night opportunity with Alicia Gardener-Trejo, Andy Woodhead, and Tom Mills playing improvised music on baritone sax, keys and theremin at Fizzle at the Lamp Tavern. Followed by Olly Chalk’s new electronic project Iago Goes to Chapel at the Spotted Dog featuring Berlin-based vocalist Mirna Bogdanovic.

On March 17th and 24th there are two opportunities to see Mark Lockheart’s new Quartet or maybe go to both! It’s the NAC, Wolverhampton on the 17th and Birmingham Jazz on the 24th.

Then on the 21st Trish Clowes brings her My Iris Quartet to Jazzlines on the Symphony Hall Stage – the first time for a while for this band in Brum.

And then it’s the return of Sid Peacock’s Surge in Spring at the Mac all day on April 25th this time featuring Steve Tromans, Krar Collective and a unique collaboration between Chongquin Chuanju Opera Troupe from SW China and Sid Peacock’s Surge Orchestra – plus lots more!