We are well into Autumn and they’ve started playing Christmas songs in the shops but you can still get some great jazz all round town and beyond. Check the Gig Guide for more information – this is just a personal selection by Brian Homer from all the great gigs on offer.
Regular Changes and New Venues
Second Cup moves to Mondays and is run by James Borland and the Warehouse Sessions are back but they are now on Wednesday’s usually alternating with Jazz at Cherry Reds. Warehouse Sessions are now run by Tom Pountney Barnes. And welcome to Akamba featuring in the guide for the first time.
Tony Kofi is back in Brum and playing the music of Andy Hamilton on November 1st.
O’Higgins & Luft play Monk & Trane is the first gig of this gig guide at the Dog on November 5th – fireworks guaranteed. Then on the 12th Toby Boalch’s Quartet features the stellar vocalist Brigitte Beraha.
On November 7th there’s joint promotion of Jim Rattigan’s French Horn led ensemble Pavillon with Eastside Jazz Club teaming up with Birmingham Jazz.
Eastside Jazz Club
Famed sax player Dick Oatts features on November 14th with bassist Mark Hodgson. The on the 27th there’s a joint promotion with TDE Promotions and Tom Pountney with the return of the spectacular Paul Dunhill Quintet featuring Hamid Drake and Steve Tromans.
Birmingham Jazz’s highlight is probably their Electric Dreams weekender on November 15th – 17th featuring Danial Karlsson’s Trio, Fred Baker’s Trio and the Ferris/Lee/Weir organ trio to name just a trio of gigs – but the rest of BJ’s gigs look great too and include Asaf Sirkis/Sylwia Bialis on November 29th and the great bassist Calum Gourlay on the 8th. And there’s a rare December gig for BJ – on the 6th featuring Paul Clarvis and Liam Noble doing West Side Story their own way.
The Young Pilgrims are back with Pilgrimage on November 7th and there’s a rare outing back in Brum for Reuben James on the 17th. There’s new work from Stella Roberts and Aaron Diaz on the 26th and on the 28th its David Austin Grey’s latest project influenced by the migration of birds.
Natacha Atlas features on November 29th and good ol’ Brummies King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys rip it up on December 14th.
As well as the Dunhill gig at Eastside TDE has Annie Whitehead leading Rude 2.0 on November 21st with support from Andy Woodhead and then Kit Downes and Steve Saunders bring air bands on December 8th.
Halftone + Coates/Lines/Gauden are on November 19th and Nakamura/Birchall/Andreae/Willburg + Students feature on December8th.
NAC Newhampton Arts Centre
The Wolverhampton venue have two cracking gigs with trios led by women. Tori Freestone is on November 8th and Josephine Davies’ Satori is on December 5th.
Another great Brummie Ruby Turner features with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on November 29th and 30th and Anna Brooks another Brum based musician has been playing sax on tour with the band.