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  • 2015-03-06 19:45:00

    Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble – The Whistle Blower

    6 March 2015 19:45

    The Orient House Ensemble is celebrating their 15th year launching The Whistle Blower, their 8th album to date.

    The hardest working jazz band in the UK and one of the leading ensembles in Europe embark on a 35 date tour in the UK playing their new music as well as old favourites. The quartet have been touring all over the world, stunning audiences with their firebrand performances packed with drama, luscious harmonies and wit.

    Gilad Atzmon    Yaron Stavi   Frank Harrison  Chris Higginbottom

    * A hard-hitting but wide-ranging set from an admirably tight and robust band led by one of the most charismatic and focused reedsmen on the planet. Chris Parker, LondonJazz 

    * Best Musician living in the world today, Robert Wyatt, The Guardian 

    Gilad is the saxophonist on the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River

    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-02-27 19:45:00

    Wild Flower Sextet

    27 February 2015 19:45

    The Band: Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone ; Laura Jurd – Trumpet ; Alex Munk – Electric Guitar ; Jamil Sheriff – Piano ; Sam Vicary – Double-Bass  & Sam Gardner – Drums

     

    Wild Flower Sextet is an all-star band led by saxophonist Matt Anderson playing original  music inspired by the sound and approach of jazz legend Wayne Shorter, alongside new arrangements of classic and lesser-known Shorter compositions. The band recorded  their debut album in 2014 with support from the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme, and in February 2015 they will undertake a 13-date U.K. tour to promote the release of this album on the Jellymould Jazz label. Matt Anderson graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2010 with First Class Honours, also receiving the Sam Hood Rosebowl for Outstanding Performance. He has since studied with Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann, and was awarded ‘Young Musician of the Year’ at the Jazz Yorkshire Awards 2010. The Matt Anderson Quartet toured nationally in 2012, with JazzUK commenting: “melodic standards and original tunes... impressive throughout,” and he has gone on to work with many of his former tutors, currently appearing in bands led by Jiannis Pavlidis, Jamil Sheriff and Jamie Taylor as well as featuring on Taylor's latest CD 'Introducing Outside Line'.

     

    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-02-20 19:45:00

    Jon Lloyd Band

    20 February 2015 19:45

    This return gig was by popular demand after last year’s storming debut for Birmingham Jazz.  This group sees Jon moving away from his free-improv roots into a more harmonically inclined territory. His compositions provide melody interspersed with moments of dazzling virtuosity and creative drive.  This is a band made up of stars of their own groups and were the musical hit of 2014.

    The personnel will be: Jonon soprano saxophone, John Law on keyboards, Rob Palmer on electric guitar, Tom Farmer on double bass and Dave Hamblett on drums.

     

    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-02-06 07:45:00

    Neon Villages

    6 February 2015 07:45

    We offer a warm welcome back to the Red Lion Club night David Austin-Grey with his new band.  Always both entertaining and original, this band gives you a skilful blend of soul, jazz, pop with a touch of electro. Music to light up your world!

    Neon Villages are a vibrant and versatile group made of some exceptional UK based musicians. The band features BBC Radio 3/Jazz FM featured pianist/composer David Austin Grey (Snarky Puppy, Hansu-Tori, Soweto Kinch), BBC Radio 2 featured vocalist Aisling Stephenson (Ridley Scott, Basement Jaxx, Roots Manuva, Omar), the versatile and soulful bassist Wayne Matthews (Richard Spaven, Dennis Rollins, Kaidi Tatham) and gifted drummer Euan Palmer (Young Pilgrims, Dan Nicholls)

    In addition the band is joined on occasion by dynamic tenor saxophonist Nick Rundle.

    £5 / free for members
     

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  • 2015-01-30 19:45:00

    Bryan Corbett Quartet

    30 January 2015 19:45

    We welcome Bryan and his regular quartet to the Red Lion Jazz Club for the first time. It’s rare to be excited by a player whose legend has yet to reach beyond his own lunch break. So remember the name of Bryan Corbett; he takes great pride in my trumpet sound, and wants to preserve it.

    In 2007, Bryan received the Jerwood Rising Star award (Cheltenham International Jazz Festival). He was also awarded a Fellowship at the London College of Music (jazz – trumpet), and issued an album of his own recordings under the title ‘Off The Cuff’.

    Band Line Up:  Bryan Corbett -Trumpet/Flugelhorn; Neil Bullock – Drums; Al Gurr – Keyboard and Ben Markland - Bass

    £8/£5 for members/£3 Students

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  • 2015-01-23 19:45:00

    Me & 3

    23 January 2015 19:45

    A Birmingham Jazz welcome to Joey and this engaging and original line-up of just four saxes.  For this gig it's to the original line up with some new music for a jazz saxophone quartet:  Me & 3. Midlands based saxophonist Joey Walter with: Tom Martin, Ben Markland and Anna Brooks will be returning to The Red Lion for a third memorable time with compositions by Mike Mower, Jeff Driskill, Charlie Parker, Bob Mintzer and more. 

    £5 / free for members

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  • 2015-01-16 19:45:00

    Ben Crosland Quartet

    16 January 2015 19:45

    Threeway was formed by Crosland in 2004 and recorded its first album, ‘Conversations’, in 2005. ‘Songs of the Year’, the trio’s second album, was released in 2009. Both CDs attracted enthusiastic reviews. The band toured nationally in 2007 and 2010 and has continued to perform to audiences across the country at jazz clubs and festivals.

     

    Threeway brings together two of the UK’s leading players with one of the North of England’s most experienced bandleaders and composers. After leading his Quartet, Quintet and Octet for 15 years, Crosland formed the trio with his two long-term associates, Steve Waterman and Steve Lodder, in order to explore the subtle and open possibilities of a group without drums. The trio approaches improvisation in a subtle manner; the interplay between the players creates a natural intensity combined with an acute sensitivity to dynamics.  For this gig they will also be joined by the acclaimed Vibraphone player Lewis Wright; performing tracks from their CD.

     

    £12/£10 members/£5 Students

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  • 2014-12-13 19:45:00

    Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra

    13 December 2014 19:45

    The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra is now widely acclaimed as one of the U.K’s top big bands. Its reputation has been founded on a consistently high quality of performance over two decades. In addition, audiences find they are infected by the enjoyment which band members bring to performances, and the excitement which the band generates.

    These qualities have helped bring the band success in the BBC National Big Band Competition, initially during the eighties winning the Youth Section, but latterly being successful in the senior Competition. In fact the band has been unbeaten in the BBC competition since the mid-eighties, although, because of it success, it is now barred for two years from entering, following a win! MYJO has also been a winner in the Dutch National Big Band Competition, beating adult bands from The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium.

    £12 / Members £10/ Students £5   

     

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  • 2014-11-28 19:45:00

    Preston/Glasgow/Lowe

    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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Welcome to Birmingham Jazz

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!

 

There's a great mix of national and local bands all in our relaxed atmosphere where audience and bands are up close and involved.

 

Members get reduced admission to national gigs and get in free to Club Nights plus there's good food and drink!

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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