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  • 2014-12-13 19:45:00

    The Jonathan Silk Big Band

    13 December 2014 19:45

    As both a drummer and a dedicated specialist in the art of contemporary big band jazz, Glasgow born Jonathon Silk has become one of the busiest young musicians around.  Emerging out of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland into the Conservatoire Jazz Course, to receiving the BBC Performing Arts fellowship to develop his own big band, Jon has come full circle. He is now Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year 2014 and the band played this years Manchester Jazz Festival. Too numerous to name them all but jazz fans in Birmingham and beyond will recognise many of these excellent young players.


    With Christmas just around the corner, expect an evening of contemporary jazz played with a seasonal feel to it. Full of verve and vim, playing every tune with an exuberance not seen since the heady days of Loose Tubes, this is how big bands should play – with superb craft but fun and enjoyable.


    two clips of the band:

    playing "Fragment"  in Manchester https://www.facebook.com/#!/jonathan.silk.9?fref=ts

     and "NT2" at the CBSO in March http://jonathansilk.co.uk/jazz/jonathan-silk-big-band-nt2/

     £12 / Members £10    


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  • 2014-11-28 19:45:00


    28 November 2014 19:45

    Birmingham Jazz proudly welcomes the return of this exceptional Jazz trio from London. Formed in 2011, Preston-Glasgow-Lowe is a new dynamic group consisting of three of Jazz's most creative young instrumentalists. In the whirligig world of London's music scene there must be thousands of talented idealistic players looking for other people to realise their projects. Now and again the chemistry works and something original and impressive happens, as in the case of Preston – Glasgow – Lowe (aka David – Kevin – Laurie to their friends).


    The three young jazz adventurers hooked up while each was busily making their name working with increasingly prestigious jazz names from the UK and beyond. Their shared interest in improvised music rooted in longer compositions brought them together  and their initially casual get-togethers soon made it clear that a Guitar – Bass – Drums trio was very much on the cards. Each is a technically fearsome player and there's always something to hook onto, whether David Preston's drifting harmonic invention on guitar, Kevin Glasgow's seething work on six-string bass guitar or the barely-repressed seismic undertow of Laurie Lowe's drumming. The resulting pieces show just what good things can happen when the right people get together.


    Sharing on-stage credentials with esteemed musicians such as John Scofield, the Foreign Exchange, Melody Gardot, Robert Mitchell and Tommy Smith, they bring a unique and seasoned sound derived from their work as side-men combined with their shared love of improvisation, intricate composition, rhythm, and accessible melodies. Aiming to expand upon the format of the guitar trio they combine their virtuosic skills as soloists and accompanists with extensive composition and elaborate arrangements.


    David Preston is involved in many diverse projects including leading the group Meridian with Empirical drummer Shane Forbes, recording a quartet EP of his own original compositions featuring Ernesto Simpson, Brandon Allen & Tom Farmer, MD to Ian Shaw, and writing with Melody Gardot earlier in 2012.


    Kevin Glasgow plays bass and guitar in a number of projects, including Tommy Smith’s Karma, the Seb Pipe's Life Experience, the Nicolas Meier Trio, the Bill Mudge Trio and the Alex Hutchings Band.


    Laurie Lowe has play with some of the top Jazz musicians in the country, such as Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Andy Sheppard, Mike Mondesir, Robert Mitchell, Zhenya Strigalev and Carl Orr. He's has also toured with the Grammy Nominated American Hip Hop/R&B group The Foreign Exchange, receiving widespread critical acclaim, and is involved in various projects including Robert Mitchell's 'Panacea' and funk/fusion group Groove Razors.


    see them on you tube: https://www.youtube.com/user/prestonglasgowlowe

    or in the studio at BBC Radio Scotland: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01l6s5b


    £12 / Members £10 Students £5


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  • 2014-11-21 19:45:00

    Walsall Jazz Orchestra

    21 November 2014 19:45

    The Walsall Jazz Orchestra is a 19 piece big band which, unlike the vast majority of such bands, plays contemporary, rather than traditional  music. They feature well known composers such as Pat Metheny, Mike Gibbs and Chick Corea, as well as a number of original compositions.

    In 1975, John Hughes formed the Walsall Youth Jazz Orchestra (WYJO) which rapidly became one of the UK's leading youth bands, the Arguelles brothers, Martin Shaw, Richard Iles, Nick Purnell, Duncan Mackay and Pete Cater were among the fine musicians who passed through its ranks.


    In 1994 Walsall Jazz Orchestra was formed around a nucleus of former WYJO players. Since then the orchestra has produced three critically acclaimed recordings "Watershed"," Devil in the Detail " and "Little Steps" and has performed throughout the UK and abroad, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Royal Festival Hall.


    The current Orchestra continues to play adventurous contemporary jazz composition by the likes of Chick Corea and Pat Metheny plus original pieces by members of the band. Its aim is to perform large jazz ensemble music which does not sacrifice the looseness of a small jazz group.


     "...the hard core WJOers keep doing the day jobs and relieve those post-work tensions by blasting out the joyous sounds of Jaco Pastorius, or Pat Metheny, or their own Tim Amann.

    They’ve played in hotel bars, in tents in provincial city parks, at beer festivals, and on at least two occasions they have played at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

    When that little funky electric piano figure from Tim Amann starts, Carl Hemmingsley adds the rim shot, Adam Gilchrist the bass line and the horns gently add a quiet pulse before the saxophones top it with the curling melody and Richard Sandford launches into his distortion-laden guitar solo, then I have no choice but to grin.

    This is Amann’s Little Steps, one of their great showpieces, which really should be available on prescription from the NHS. It’ll cure most things.

    The other thing I love about WJO is that it breaks strongly with the tradition for big bands to be all-male affairs. And, no, the good women of the band are not restricted to the genteel occupations of playing the piano and singing – they blow, and, my, how they blow!"


    Birmingham Post



     a clip from an earlier gig can be seen here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeQXUQDk-kw


     £5/ Members Free

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  • 2014-11-14 19:45:00

    Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet

    14 November 2014 19:45

    The Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet is a fresh new collaboration between Israeli UK-resident drummer/composer Asaf Sirkis, known for his work with the Lighthouse Trio (ACT), Gilad Atzmon, Tim Garland, Larry Corryel, John Abercrombie & the Asaf Sirkis trio, and Polish vocalist/composer extraordinaire Sylwia Bialas (Germany-resident), with USA resident bassist and harmonica player Patrick Bettison, and the acclaimed Frank Harrison on piano and keyboards (UK). The quartet has recently been touring the UK and recording their new album 'Dreams Dreams'.


    With an emphasis on band interaction and sheer joy of playing, they encompass various influences such as contemporary classical music, Polish folk, South Indian & Middle Eastern music as well as a wide range of dynamics – from the most delicate ballad all the way to high-energy electric virtuoso lines and everything in between.


    Expect soulful melodies, aerospheric sounds with strong grooves, a full colour electroacoustic jazz with an ethnic touch and some uncommonly used instruments and sound effects.

    listen to the quartet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo3kMnxwjVw


    The album will be officially released in November 2014.


    £12 / Members £10 Students £5

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  • 2014-11-07 19:45:00

    Sean Gibbs Quintet

    7 November 2014 19:45

    The Sean Gibbs Quintet features Sean Gibbs (trumpet), Dan Bayliss (alto sax), Dave Ferris (piano), James Banner (bass) and Jonathan Silk (drums). The band formed in 2012 and has played numerous high profile gigs, including appearances at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival and Birmingham's Beat City Jazz Festival. The repertoire consists of original compositions of Sean's, which have a contemporary jazz aesthetic but retain a hard swinging groove of yesteryear. This leads to inspired improvisations full of passion, excitement and drive.

    "I am a young trumpet player from Edinburgh who strives to make music which appeals to both the head and the heart.

    I heard my first jazz record when I was 12. Lee Morgan on “Moanin” changed my life forever. Jazz was to become the most important thing in my life.

    Influenced by Clifford Brown and Freddie Hubbard, I joined the Tommy Smith Youth Jazz Orchestra at 15, playing at the Southbank Centre London and the Hub in Edinburgh. I auditioned for the Edinburgh Music School to study music in a more focussed environment. My tutors included Martin Kershaw and pianist David Patrick and I was given classical tuition in both trumpet and piano. I performed Arutunian’s Concerto for Trumpet at St Mary’s Cathedral as part of the Edinburgh Festival. In my last year at school I performed Kenny Wheeler’s “Sweet Time Suite” with NYJOS to audiences across the UK where I received my first review from the Glasgow Herald “Sean Gibbs had a great tone on Flugelhorn”. I was then invited to join the NYJOS Collective and enjoyed touring the country playing with guest soloists such as Julian Arguelles and Tim Garland.

     Highlights [of his time at Birmingham Conservatoire]  have been performing Gil Evans’ “Sketches of Spain” at Birmingham Town Hall, workshops with Dave Holland, having my compositions played by the Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra and having a one to one lesson with a musical idol of mine, John Taylor." ( from a BBC Radio Scotland interview on The Jazz House)


    The repertoire we play is mainly original compositions of mine, a couple of which can be heard on this recording we made in December 2013: https://soundcloud.com/#sean-gibbs/sets/quintet-recordings


    Sean has a personal biog at www.seangibbs.com


     £5 / Members Free

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  • 2014-10-24 21:00:00

    Township Comets

    24 October 2014 21:00

    The Township Comets play the searing, joyous music of South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana, a towering figure in township jazz and the European free scene. He came, in exile  from the apartheid regime which forbade mixed race groups, to Europe and eventually London in 1964 with his white colleague Chris McGregor from The Blue Notes . Featured in the band are former members of Dudu Pukwana's group Zila, pianist Adam Glasser and the fantastic vocalist Pinise Saul, who, singing in both Xhosa and English, also unusually vocalises along with the horn front-line.

    The Township Comets play a joyful mix of South African township jazz and strong improvising; their music is great fun - lively, rhythmic, slightly anarchic. Dance-based jazz, it is hard to sit still. So if you like the music of Dudu Pukwana and Chris McGregor, don't miss this!

    "I heard the Township Comets playing Dudu Pukwana's music, and Chris McGregor's legacy, and that was fantastic too. It was really like hearing those wonderful bands with Dudu in all over again." John Fordham - Jazz On 3 review of London Jazz Festival

     Line up: Chris Batchelor, trumpet; Pinise Saul, vocals; Jason Yarde alto sax; Harry Brown trombone, Adam Glasser piano, Dudley Phillips bass and Frank Tontoh drums.

    You can see Township Comets here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpIjeEftLfE

    This gig is a fringe event to the Afrovibes Festival celebrating 20 years since the end of Apartheid.

    More information on Afrovibes at The Drum and at the Mac and nationally here

    Gig co-promoted with The Drum and sponsored by Homer Creative and OCBC.

    Photograph courtesy of Richard Kaby

    £12 / Members £10

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  • 2014-10-17 19:45:00

    Miguel Martins Quartet

    17 October 2014 19:45

    Guitarist Miguel Martins is at the forefront of the young and creative generation of jazz musicians from Portugal. He was born in Faro, Portugal and in 2012, moved to London. His new group is garnering attention in the UK jazz scene. Martins shares his new music project with: Brandon Allen, one of the most exciting tenor players in Britain today; on double bass the remarkable Ben Bastin, and powerful Italian drummer, Andrea Trillo. Miguel Martins has played  major jazz clubs and  international tours around, Portugal, Spain, Carian Island, England, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic..  With their different musical personalities and cultural backgrounds the band plays exciting original compositions by each member of the quartet, and some  original arrangements of tunes from Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, and Joe Henderson. Mixing jazz with other music styles, they create rich soundscapes and driving rhythms.

    The line up is: Brandon Allen Tenor Sax; Miguel Martins Guitar; Ben Bastin Double Bass & Andrea Trillo Drums.



    £12 / Members £10

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  • 2014-10-10 19:45:00

    From Scratch

    10 October 2014 19:45

    Back by popular demand is Birmingham’s own heritage jazz band.  Led from the front by Mark Hamilton (tenor) and created by Guitarist Ralf DeCambrie with Ray Brown on bass and Keith York on drums (and the occasional guest!)  All of these players had their time with the late Andy Hamilton’s Blue Notes.

    From Scratch has its own voice (they started again from scratch) playing an infectious mix of Jazz, Blues, Ska and Reggae based tunes. 

    £5 / Members Free


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  • 2014-10-03 19:45:00

    Arne Somogyi’s Mingus Big Band

    3 October 2014 19:45

    The first of three big band shows in the magnificent upstairs room at the Bartons Arms. * Formed originally by Arnie Somogyi to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the recording of Charlie Mingus’ The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady. Dan Searjeant leads a band who reinterpret key tunes of the fantastic Mingus repertoire including Better Get Hit in Your Soul. A not to be missed chance to hear the timeless and memorable tunes from one of the towering legends of jazz history.


    The Line up for this special gig is:

    Rhythm section: Stuart Barker – Bass; James Anderson – Drums; Dave Ferris - Piano
    Trumpets: Sean Gibbs; Tom Syson; Elliot Strand
    Trombones: Josh Tagg; David Sear; Charlie Lancaster
    Saxophones: Dan Searjeant; Sam Craig; Ed Haine; Claude Pieterson; Alicia Gardener-Trejo

    Sponsor Oaka Group

    * see also Walsall Jazz Orchestra, November 21st and The Jonathan Silk Big Band, December 13th


    Ticket Price £12 / Members £10

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  • 2014-09-26 19:45:00

    Andrea Vicari and Jazz ExTempore

    26 September 2014 19:45

    Andrea Vicari and Jazz ExTempore are visiting The Red Lion for the first time, although this will be their fifth UK tour. The group features Andrea Vicari on piano from the UK, Elvis Stanic on guitar and accordion from Croatia, Rico de Jeer on bass from Holland/Indonesia and Hristo Yotsov on drums from Bulgaria, bringing the jazz tradition and Eastern folk together in a contemporary style.  They have recorded a new album: ‘East and West’ ,released by “33 Records”, There are originals compositions from all members of the group as well as two arrangements of traditional folk tunes from Croatia and Azerbaijan.


    The CD title ‘East meets West’ is really the essence of the band with the East represented by Elvis Stanic and Hristo Yotsov and their compositions (Breakout, East meets West, Wandering Shadows) and the West by Andrea Vicari and Rico de Jeer and their tunes (The Occidental Tourist, Elf, Base my Life and Lanziamentos del Verde). ‘Harvard street” by Elvis Stanic and ‘Sari Gelin’ co arranged by Andrea Vicari and Medina Mektiva cross over the boundaries and offer elements of each other’s cultures.See The London Jazz News review here http://www.londonjazznews.com/2013/10/cd-review-jazz-extempore-orchestra-east.html


    Elvis Stanic is one of Croatia’s top jazz guitarists as well as a sought after producer for jazz and pop. His playing on ‘East and West’ is guitar playing at the highest level- intensely melodic with edge. Andrea Vicari complements the quartet with an equally melodic style entwined with rhythmic and outside lines. The strong writing on this CD and the equally strong playing from all members of the quartet makes this CD a real work of art.


    The group was initially formed as a cultural exchange between Croatia and other European countries with gigs in Croatia (Zagreb jazz club, Liburnia jazz festival), Bulgaria (Live Club Sofia, Plovdiv jazz festival) as well as Holland and England (Scarborough Jazz Festival 2010) and more recently the group toured the UK and Eastern Europe including Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia and Italy.


    “ ...the outfit demonstrates their apparently never-ending scope for harmonic creativity and highly-focused improvisation.”  MU magazine, Autumn 2013 edition.

     “An important and enjoyable contribution to the new, emergent European jazz - full of confidence and creativity.” Dave Gelly, Observer jazz critic

    Listen to a clip of Extempore




    And see her site www.andreavicari.com


    Ticket Price £12 / Members £10 Students £5

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  • 2014-09-19 19:45:00

    Tony Kofi and the Organisation

    19 September 2014 19:45

    International jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi teams up with The Organisation to produce an outstanding and innovative contemporary jazz performance. Expect re-workings of rarely played classics by Woody Shaw and George Russell and funky organ grooves  with this tight quartet comprised of Pete Whittaker on Hammond Organ, Pete Carter, drums and Simon Fernsby on guitar. Kofi deals not so much with the past as with the eternal truths of jazz music: swing, in-the-moment lyricism and the lust for life and he continues to find compelling ways to express them.


    Tony was born in Nottingham to West African parents, His playing career started when he chanced upon a series of jazz workshops, run in Leicester by Nick Hislam. Tony also took lessons from local saxophonist and jazz mentor George Carmichael and was bitten by the jazz bug and made a point of making the journey to go along to each session. This laid the seeds for what was to come, a four-year stint at the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston Mass. USA, on a full scholarship music diploma.


    While in the US, Tony studied with such musical luminaries as Andy Magee and Billy Pearce, gaining invaluable experience that he then put to best use when he returned to the UK. From 1991, Tony was part of the UK’s leading jazz group of the time – The Jazz Warriors. This band was (and, indeed, is, in its current form of Tomorrow’s Warriors) a hotbed of young talent from the UK jazz scene. Tony was also vital part of Gary Crosby’s Nu Troop; this was a big stepping stone for his solo and ensemble work, contributing massively to his own solo projects and educational projects. Tony is still committed to this ethos, regularly running his own workshops and giving individual lessons.


    Throughout the nineties Tony was busy, appearing in the front line of innumerable high-profile musicians and groups, including Billy Higgins, Byron Wallen’s Indigo, Claude Deppa’s A.J.E. & Horns Unlimited, Cheikh Tidiane Fall Quintet, Clifford Jarvis, Courtney Pine, Digable Planets, Donald Byrd, Dr Lonnie Smith, Eddie Henderson, Gary Crosby’s Nu-Troop, Julian Joseph Big Band, Jazz Jamaica All Stars, The David Murray Big Band, US-3, Tim Richards’ Great Spirit, The Grand Union orchestra, and Lucky Ranku’s African jazz all stars, as well as composing original music for his Ten piece group, the Afro Jazz family.

    Since 2000, Tony Kofi, Jonathan Gee, Ben Hazleton and Winston Clifford have been building their repertoire of Monk's compositions, all 70 of which were performed in a groundbreaking, marathon six-hour concert at the 2003 and 2007 London Jazz Festival. He also contributed to the Monkathon in 2014's Frontiers Festival in Birmingham. In recent years Tony has been a member of The World Saxophone Quartet and Abdullah Ibrahim's Ekaya.


    Line Up: Tony Kofi Baritone Sax; Simon Fernsby Guitar; Pete Whittaker Hammond Organ &
    Pete Cater Drums


    Pete Whittaker (Hammond Organ)

    London-based jazz organist Pete Whittaker became fascinated with the Hammond organ after hearing the classic 1960s jazz recordings by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Jack McDuff. After a few years touring the western world with rock bands, Pete has in recent times been involved with several jazz projects including UK saxophonist Theo Travis' "Double Talk" and guitarist John Etheridge's "Blue Spirits". Pete is also regular member of the Nigel Price Organ Trio.


    Pete Cater (Drums)

    ‘A gifted and versatile drummer, at home in any context’ (Rough Guide to Jazz) Pete Cater is a natural self-taught drummer who has been playing since infancy. Although his 30 plus year professional career has encompassed almost the entire musical spectrum, it is his work as a big band drummer and leader that has secured his worldwide reputation. Pete first formed his own big band when still in his teens and of more recent years the Pete Cater Big Band has released three highly acclaimed CDs, broadcast on Radio 3, appeared at major jazz festivals across the UK, and they are doing an ongoing UK wide series of concerts commemorating the music of the late, great Buddy Rich. Pete’s big band expertise sees him in regular demand with a variety of large ensembles including the BBC big Band and the Back to Basie Orchestra. In addition Pete has worked with many international jazz stars in small band settings including Arturo Sandoval, Charlie Byrd, Benny Carter, Buddy De Franco, Terry Gibbs, Al Cohn and currently works regularly with the legendary singer/pianist Buddy Greco. Pete remains in demand as a freelance player and educator with special emphasis on jazz and improvisation.


    Simon Fernsby (Guitar)

    Simon moved to London in the early 80's. Initially working on the rock and pop scene he has toured extensively in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia the former Yugoslavia, the US Canada and Japan. He has been headlining such prestigious venues as The Royal Albert Hall, the Forum, Paris Olympia, the ‘Whiskey A Go Go’ and the Universal Amphitheatre Los Angeles. Having also worked for EMI publishing, Phonogram RCA and Rough Trade his TV and Radio credits include The John Peel Show, Top of the Pops BBC 2's Late Show Channel 4's the Word and BBC4's Kalaidascope. After briefly studying with Dave Cliff he has worked with Brighton organist Dave Windross Soul jazz legend Gary Baldwin, Roger Beaujolais, Sam Gambarini and Gareth Lockrane. With the Organisation he has worked with Bob Martin, Steve Fishwick, Jim Hart, Alex Garnett and Dave O'Higgins amongst others. As part of the "7% Solution" Septet they have performed at Ealing Jazz Festival and play regularly at the Crypt of St Martin in the Fields.


     £12 / Members £10 Students £5

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  • 2014-09-12 19:45:00

    Gareth Fowler Quartet

    12 September 2014 19:45

    We welcome the rising star of the guitar with a new venture and repertoire.  Gareth brings his own band to the Red Lion; having only appeared here before (to such acclaim) as a side player, with Dan Bayliss Qt in April. Gareth graduated from Birmingham Conservatiore where he studied with Phil Robson, Jez Franks, Zolte Bende and Dave Cliff. While still a student he  performed widely including Cheltenham Jazz Festvial with Chris Potter, Norweigian Jazz Festival, toured in South Africa with the Global Voices Project, Denmark and Germany. Upon graduating Gareth now performs with Percy Purseglove, Mike Williams, Andrew Bain, Mark Hodgson, Jeremy Price, Henry Lowther, Art Theman and more.

    His high energy quartet has new compositions to explore with influences from South American music as well as from the tradition of Jazz.


    With Gareth on guitar are: Daniel Bayliss on alto, James Banner on bass and John Hirst on drums.


    "music full of melody and forward motion" Peter Bacon, Jazz Breakfast


    "He was in his own world where strings and wood ruled. A study of concentration, he played beautifully much to the obvious respect of his band mates; I adored him"  Althea Patterson - Birmingham Review


    'His playing – richly supportive, harmonically sophisticated, soaring on the solos' Peter Bacon - Jazz Breakfast


    £5/Members free

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  • 2014-09-05 19:45:00


    5 September 2014 19:45

    This is a welcome return for David with his new project Hansu-Tori.  They will be playing original music from their forthcoming album 'An Improvised Escape': borrowing from a range of influences: rock, pop, hip-hop, film score and modern classical music; whilst still being rooted in the idea of groove and jazz improvisation. Hansu-Tori are a vibrant and dynamic band, playing what is best described as 'beautifully cinematic, organic, original music'.


    The Korean term 'Hansu' means 'water'. Hansu specifically represents strength, flexibility, harmony and water as the source of life – and the roots to contemporary music. 'Tori' is the Japanese word for 'bird'. It can be thought to represent freedom and grace.  The band brings these two themes together.

    The line up for tonight is: David Austin Grey: Piano/Keyboard, Nick Rundle: Tenor Sax, Chris Young: Alto Sax, Nick Jurd: Double Bass/Electric Bass, Jim Bashford: Drum Kit


    The best way to think about Hansu-Tori is as: "A drop of water gathering to make an ocean...".


    click here http://davidaustingrey.bandcamp.com/album/hansu-tori-live  to hear a live recording from last summer's tour

    Watch them play "Resident Seagulls":




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We are now into our Autumn 2014 season and it's a very busy and interesting one.  There old favourites and new faces so check out the gig list and join us!


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“Birmingham Jazz have made a strong start to 2013.”

Peter Bacon

The Jazz Breakfast

"Always great to play at Birmingham Jazz. As a musician, its wonderful to be treated with respect. It must be one of the best venues in the country for original new music."

Asaf Sirkis

"To hear a wide range of some of this country's finest jazz musicians up close in a friendly atmosphere, with excellent beer and the option of a good meal, Birmingham Jazz is hard to beat."

Peter Bacon www.thejazzbreakfast.com