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  • 2015-07-17 00:00:00

    Legends Festival

    17 July 2015 00:00

    One for the diary. Advance notice of our Legends Weekend in the Jewellery Quarter 17th July to 19th July.

    Featuring Henry Lowther, Tony Kofi and many more.

    Full details to follow soon.

    Lead sponsor University College Birmingham

    Sponsored by Jewellery Quarter BID



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  • 2015-06-12 19:45:00

    Ivo Neame Quintet

    12 June 2015 19:45

    We have had Ivo threee times before this gig, all with other bands.  This time Ivo brings his own band to the Red Lion.

    Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time. Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Yatra saw him reach new heights as a composer leading an octet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on a new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates. The Ivo Neame Quintet features some of the most unique and creative musicians working in the UK. Their ability to improvise with subtlety and reckless abandon in equal measure results in music that is fresh, uncompromising and brimming with energy.

    The group has performed all over the UK and Europe, receiving a standing ovation from a full house at the 2013 North Sea Jazz Festival. The most recent album Yatra was released to universal critical acclaim. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on a new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates.

    The lineup for this gig will be: Ivo Neame Keyboard; Jim Hart Vibes; Tori Freestone sax/flute; Tom Farmer Bass and Dave Hamblett drums

    “Yatra is one of the most significant UK jazz releases of the year”

    Ian Mann, the Jazz Mann

    "One of the finest multi-instrumentalists, composers and arrangers of his generation"

    Peter Quinn, The Arts Desk

    "Makes Herbie Hancock's “the Prisoner” sound like “the Pensioner”

    Iain Ballamy on Yatra


    Ivo Neame as a bandleader he has recorded three critically acclaimed albums and has toured in the UK and abroad with the Ivo Neame Quintet. His Edition Records release 'Caught in the Light of Day' was rated the 4th best jazz album of 2010 by MOJO magazine and received 4 star reviews from the Guardian and the Irish Times among others.

    Recently he has been lucky enough to receive various awards including a MOBO for best jazz act (Kairos Quartet), Album of the year 2010 in both Jazzwise and MOJO magazines (Phronesis) and winner of the Jazz category for the London Awards for Art and Performance 2012. He was also nominated for UK jazz instrumentalist of the year at the 2012 Jazz FM annual awards and was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013.

    Jim Hart - vibes

    Originally from Cornwall, Jim Hart began playing drums and piano at age four and soon furthered this to include tuned and orchestral percussion. He appeared for Birmingham Jazz in his own Cloudmakers Trio.

    A founder member of London's LOOP collective he is one of the most in demand musicians on the British scene as a soloist and and as a sideman on both drums and vibes. He has toured extensively with many visiting American musicians in the last few years including Ralph Alessi, Joel Frahm, Jaleel Shaw, Terrel Stafford, Logan Richardson and Richie Barshay and he was recently a special guest with Wynton Marsalis.

    Jim has been nominated for Musician of the year in the 2011 Parlimentary jazz awards. A British Jazz award winner in 2006, 2007 and 2008 he also received the Worshipful Company of musicians Bronze medal in 2006. He was also selected to be a participant of the Jerwood/PRS Foundation Take Five Initiative in 2009.

    “One of the UK's most creative new jazz artists” - The Guardian

    Tom Farmer - bass

    London-based bassist Tom Farmer is well-known for his outstanding contributions to the much-vaunted jazz quartet Empirical as a composer and instrumentalist. Empirical have released 4 albums to date, receiving awards in MOJO and JAZZWISE magazines for album of the year and a MOBO award for best jazz act. This critical acclaim has rocketed them to stratospheric success, playing their own brand of uncompromisingly authentic music to enthusiastic jazz lovers the length and breadth of the globe.

    In addition to this he performs with the forward-thinking ensemble Dice Factory, and crops up all over the place as a sideman, supporting such luminaries as Jason Rebello and Julian Siegel with his dynamically lithe bass playing.

    Tori Freestone - sax/flute

    Tori attended the Leeds College Undergraduate and Guildhall Postgraduate jazz courses and was regional finalist of Young Jazz Musician of the Year in '96. She has played with a variety of groups including NYJO, Andy Sheppard,Lee Hazlewood, the Creative Jazz Orchestra, Fringe Magnetic, Orquesta La Timbala, and Neil Yates as well as co-leading the quartet 'Compassionate Dictatorship' and her own trio, with performances including Glastonbury, the Big Chill, the Royal Festival Hall main stage, Ronnie Scotts, the London, Cork, Brecon, Jersey, Manchester, Haskovo (Bulgaria) Elb (Germany), Brecon and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals and performances/recordings for the 'Loop' and FMR labels as well as for Jazz on 3 and BBC Radio 2.

    “Freestone makes for a very impressive listen…robust tenor work”Jazzwise

    Dave Hamblett - Drums

    Since moving to London in 2006 to study at the Royal Academy of Music, Dave Hamblett has been building a reputation as one of the most in demand contemporary jazz drummers in London. On graduating from RAM last year, David was awarded a Yamaha scholarship for outstanding jazz musicians, and was recently nominated as a finalist for the worshipful company of musicians award.

    As a sideman David has worked with Ivo Neame, the F-IRE collective large ensemble, Abram Wilson Quartet, Nick Smart's "Jazz Matanzas", Elizabeth Shepherd amongst others and has performed throughout the UK and Europe. As a bandleader and composer Dave has received airplay on Jazz FM and a feature in Jazzwise magazine, and has just recorded his debut album.


    £12/ £10 members/ £5 Students

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  • 2015-06-05 19:45:00

    Phil Robson Organ Trio

    5 June 2015 19:45

    Can you wait until 5th June for the return of this band?  It was a sell out last time so expect the same this year. The exceptional musicianship of all members is unquestionable. Together, as a new band they created a very refreshing and compelling mix. Gene has worked with Phil in numerous bands, among which are internationally acclaimed Partisans and Six Strings & The Beat, but the Organ Trio has a totally different feel and sound as Ross adds to this fine cocktail his ever so exciting touch. The music is sensational, played with great energy and the incredible rapport between the three members is something that definitely sets this band apart. You can expect some great tunes brought forth by the formidable blend of guitar and Hammond, driven by Gene's stimulating drumming.


    As a band leader Robson has fronted many innovative projects including: The Immeasurable Code Quintet featuring US saxophone star Mark Turner, Six strings & the beat, Phil Robson Trio with drum legend Billy Hart and James Genus on bass as well as Quartet featuring David Liebman and Jeff Williams. The concept of an organ trio has always been close to Phil Robson's heart. But he wanted to feel that he had his own, unique take on this great tradition before forming one himself and that time has come! This is a really exciting venture for the exceptional guitarist and composer.


    Phil’s been on a roll as of late, recently chosen for three Parliamentary Jazz Award nominations as a solo instrumentalist of the year alongside two more for his album Swamp, released by Partisans last year.  Phil’s first solo release with us was The Immeasurable Code which featured tenor icon Mark Turner.


    The Cut Off Point sees Robson take his already notable compositional palette into new sonic territory, pairing his signature fast-fretted guitar work with Stanley’s Hammond Organ, and the results will no doubt change the perception of the traditional organ trio as this album ranges from full on anthems to blistering free passages to distortion effects over hard swing to calm balladeering soundscapes.  There’s something for everyone on this as many moods are touched upon with the emphasis on Robson’s penchant for strong groove and clever motifs driving infectious melodies and improv.


    The music, written especially for the trio, has now been recorded and they release the album "Cut Off Point" on this tour - one hot record to look forward to!




    Tickets £12 Members £10 Students £5


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  • 2015-05-22 19:45:00

    Images in Black & White (Alicia Gardener-Trejo)

    22 May 2015 19:45

    Formed in 2014, this unusual five-piece line up explores the sounds and textures of a drum-less ensemble. Saxophonist Alicia Gardener-Trejo was inspired by a wealth of family photos, spanning several decades, leading to her composing a ‘mini-suite’.  It is as a homage to the characters and events of her formative years and will be performed in its entirety at this gig..

    The band members met whilst studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, on the Jazz Course, and have played together in various different combinations since graduating; as well as leading projects of their own. In addition to Images in Black & White, Alicia currently runs a 12-piece ensemble that is taking their latest project ‘Sybil’ to venues across the UK this year. She has played alongside Norma Winstone and Gary Smulyan as well as holding the baritone chair in the Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra. She has composed for the Dunnett/Baxter Big Band and the newly formed Birmingham Jazz Orchestra.


    This is a recording from thierfirst gig: http://www.agardenertrejomusic.com/#!childhood-suite/c21bn

    £5 Members free/Students £3

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  • 2015-05-15 19:45:00

    Ant Law Quintet

    15 May 2015 19:45

    This is a welcome back for one of the hits of the 2014 programme.  This world class line-up has recorded a new albulm “Zero Sum World” is released on Whirlwind Recordings in February.

    Ant Law on Guitar; Michael Chillingworth (reeds), Ivo Neame (piano), Tom Farmer (bass) and James Maddren (drums)

    Hear Ant Talking about the album, the band members and the new CD on this clip:




    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-05-08 19:45:00

    Michelson Morley with Jake McMurchie

    8 May 2015 19:45

    Jake McMurchie tours internationally with Get the Blessing and also plays with other Bristol bands Greg Cordez Quintet, the Nick Malcolm Quintet, What Four, Mr Dowland's Midnight as well as Portishead and the great Portuguese singer Fernando Tordo. Dan Messore is on guitar and Iain Ballamy, who plays with him in Indigo Kid, describes him as “a mature and confident musician with an individual approach to writing and playing.” Dan has inherited and absorbed a diverse range of music, from the post-contemporary fusion of Pat Metheny and Kurt Rosenwinkel, to the rich folk-rock traditions of John Fahey and Bert Jansch. Messore’s sweet folky harmonies and dreamily chiming open chords recall the misty mountain landscapes of Led Zeppelin, but jazz is central, with hints of Bill Frisell’s Americana always to the fore. Jake and Dan are playing Birmingham Jazz for the first time but Mark Whitlam on drums and Will Harris on bass are well known to us and make welcome returns.

    The core trio came together in 2012, and features some of the leading players of the Bristol scene. Drummer Mark Whitlam plays with many of the UK’s top jazz musicians including Jim Mullen, Alan Barnes, Tina May, Dave Newton as well as US saxophonist Benn Clatworthy. Will Harris’s work with Emily Wright’s Moonlight Saving Time has taken him to Brecon, Cheltenham and Manchester jazz festivals as well as Pizza Express Jazz Club, Manchester’s Band On The Wall and live sessions for BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. But he is also a regular member of Karen Street’s Streetworks (alongside Mike Outram) and the Colman Brothers.


    The line-up will be Mark Whitlam on Drums, Will Harris on Bass, Dan Messore on guitar and Jake McMurchie on Sax.


    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-04-24 19:45:00

    Alison Rayner’s ARQ with Deirdre Cartwright and Steve Lodder

    24 April 2015 19:45

    Alison Rayner brings her Quintet to the Red Lion for a set dominated by the influence of other bass players; principally: Stanley Clarke; Charlie Haden and Jaco Pastorius. ARQ are touring tp promote their latest albulm "August" refelcting the influence of Haden and co. The quintet also gives a first visit to Birmingham Jazz for Deirdre Cartwright the great and influential guitar player.  Steve Lodder makes a return after his storming contribution to the sell out Threeway gig in January.

    ARQ play “deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz” (Jazz UK Nov 2014). They released their first album August in October 2014 to critical acclaim followed by a Jazz Services national tour.

    Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass-player and composer. Now, as a leader, she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences. A long-time Charlie Haden admirer as well as a Jaco fan, Alison Rayner plays acoustic bass exclusively here, and is supported by the eloquent Diane McLoughlin on saxophones, by Deirdre Cartwright’s soulful and crisply rhythmic guitar, pianist Steve Lodder’s fluid improvisations, and the propulsive drumming of Buster Birch.

    August could hardly represent a sharper reminder to the British jazz world of the breadth and depth of Alison Rayner’s often unsung talents. It’s taken a while for Alison Rayner the composer to step all the way out of the shadows. But on the strength of this fine album, she might have to get used to the spotlight. “
    John Fordham

    “Together they sound like a band with a long collective pedigree and a delight in playing together.” Jazz Journal Nov 2014

    “Exuberant, effusive, smile-forming. The band members delighted in being in each others company and let us in by inviting us, the (genuinely) packed house, to reciprocate their warmth and spirit of generosity. ARQ made the audience feel they were in a club rather than a concert.” Gary Bayley Nov 2014

    “Deliciously upbeat, groovy and thoughtful jazz, a perfect showcase of Rayner’s diverse talents…”  Jazz UK Oct/Nov 2014

    “The group’s tight and assured playing are superbly suited to play Rayner’s compositions, her thoughtful and melodic soloing being a particular highlight. The debut album couldn’t be stronger”  
    LondonJazzNews Oct 2014

    Expect terrific grooves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation. Influences as diverse as funk, folk, and Afro-Cuban dance music.

    ARQ are:

    Alison Rayner:  double bass; Buster Birch: drums; Deirdre Cartwright: guitar; Diane McLoughlin:saxophones & Steve Lodder keybopards.

    £12/£10 Members/Students £5

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  • 2015-04-17 19:45:00

    Tom Hill Quartet

    17 April 2015 19:45

    After appearances at the back for other bands, one of the liveliest and most characterful sidemen in the Midlands gets to be bandleader tonight as double bassist Tom Hill brings his own quartet into The Red Lion.


    With him are Carl Hemmingsley on drums, Ian Ellis on saxophone and Paul Sawtell on Keyboards, and Hill mixes up the jazz with healthy dollops of blues and funk, choosing the repertoire from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and perhaps Radiohead covers, among others.


    They should be playing jazz and bluesy originals mixed in between the standards. Expect some vocals from Tom and some funny between-songs chat from the man who is also a voice-over artist and kids TV actor. Oh, and the raffle prize is a seat on the first spaceship to Mars.


    As Tom says: “Be there or be an eggplant!”


    £8/£5 for members/£3 Students

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  • 2015-03-27 19:45:00

    Billy Weir “Fired Oak” Album Launch

    27 March 2015 19:45

    Billy Weir (Nest/Petrichor Quintet) brings his new band Fired Oak to launch their debut album.  Fired Oak blends jazz and folk music into a set of  strikingly beautiful songs written especially for this septet.

    The band features Paddy Benedict + Lizze Chan Foxley on vocals; and Peter Whittingham Award winning pianist Mark Pringle.

    A welcome reappearance by Billy; whose band Nest went down a storm when they last performed at the Red Lion.



    £5 / Members free

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  • 2015-03-24 19:00:00

    The Colony with From Scratch

    24 March 2015 19:00

    The Drum and Birmingham Jazz in partnership with Flatpack Film Festival presents The Colony Screening and Live Score by From Scratch. This screening of The Colony will be a unique experience with From Scratch, a Birmingham-based jazz band, providing music to frame and counter-point the film. From Scratch are a quartet with deep roots in the communities that are featured in The Colony.


    Filmed at a variety of locations in Birmingham in 1963, The Colony is remarkable for its time in giving a voice to working-class settlers from the Caribbean. This unique screening and live score performed by From Scratch will add a new dimension to what is already a compelling documentary.



    The film uses no narration or commentary, allowing its participants; including a railwayman from St Kitts, a bus conductor from Jamaica, a family of singers from Trinidad and a nurse from Barbados to speak intelligently and articulately about their experiences of Britain. Key members of the band played with Andy Hamilton’s Blue Notes including Andy’s son Mark on sax, Ralf Decambre on guitar, Ray “Pablo” Brown on bass and Miles Levin on drums. Their musical backgrounds include the kind of music that the people featured in the film would have been listening to in the 60s – jazz, calypso, ska, reggae, soul and gospel.


    The gig will be set up in a café style with tables and a Caribbean feel. The film with intro and end music lasts an hour and a quarter and after a short break the band will play a half hour additional set.


    This event is a co-production for the Flatpack Festival by The Drum and Birmingham Jazz.


    The film is cert PG and the running time is 60 mins.


    Tickets are £7 and £5 for concessions including members and students.


    Tickets available from the Drum

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  • 2015-03-20 19:45:00

    Silverado: The Andy Hague Sextet's Tribute to Horace Silver

    20 March 2015 19:45

    Silverado was formed over ten years ago by Bristol based trumpeter Andy Hague to perform the music of Horace Silver, who passed away last June at the age of 85.  The band is delighted to have been invited to Birmingham Jazz to play some of his fantastic tunes.  Silver’s music is full of blues and soul, and he wrote many tunes with funk and latin influences.  Although some of his tunes are really simple they are always effective, some are harmonically extremely challenging for the players but still maintain that bluesy feeling.  Silverado mainly plays fresh arrangements of tunes transcribed from the recordings rather than the commonly played Silver tunes available in the Real Books.


    The band features some of Bristol’s best known players. Andy Hague - trumpet, Kevin Figes - alto sax, Ben Waghorn - tenor sax, Jim Blomfield - piano, Riaan Vosloo - bass and Mark Whitlam - drums.


     "Toes were indeed tapped, and the capacity crowd were even jigging in their seats...this was a well-matched band playing intelligent & accessible jazz, and a great tribute to an under-appreciated master" - Venue Magazine.

    "The collective impact of what amounts to a South-West supergroup was close to overpowering" - The Independent On Sunday

    “Compelling Bristol-based altoist Figes mixes up old school bop with a contemporary attack and edgy harmony” Time Out

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  • 2015-03-13 19:45:00

    Tam de Villiers Quartet - 'Panacea' Official UK release concert

    13 March 2015 19:45

    For the the best part of a decade, the quartet of British-born guitarist (living in France since 2003), Tam de Villiers, has been striving for musical authenticity, compositional originality and honest group interplay. Avoiding pastiche of the past and present, and deftly side-stepping the fleeting musical trends of the moment, the aim here is to explore a personal take on the human experience, defying genres and period.  Resolutely idiosyncratic, the music of Tam de Villiers surprises, and astonishes the listener with a melting pot of influences seamlessly combined into an original voice

    .What starts out as a jazz piece, leads us into a contrapuntal baroque fantasie, then veers off into abrasive progressive rock, skimming past rockabilly twangs before plunging into a trance inducing minimalist motif. Yet despite the apparent eclecticism, there is a carefully crafted archetypal balance underpinning the form here that brings a sense of classical coherence to the notes, both written and improvised.

    Continuing to develop musical relationships by working closely with this regular team of musicians, amongst the best of the French scene new generation (Karl Jannuska – drums, David Prez – tenor sax, Frederic Chiffoleau– double bass), de Villiers recorded the latest album,”Panacea”, in June this year. This new opus expands upon the quartet’s body of work following the critically acclaimed albums, “Alba Lux” 2008 and “Motion Unfolding” 2011. Described as “Amazing, acrobatic, mind-poetry” by the Jazz Thing magazine, song-writing was explored on this last album which featured the award winning singer David Linx. Now with “Panacea”, de Villiers pushes the poetic song writing aspect of his music even further, and this time invited Hungarian singer, Gabor Winand, whose virtuosic baritone voice and remarkable approach to scat improvisation bring an exceptional lyricism to four tracks of the album.

    “Panacea” will be officially released at this gig; on the dynamic London based label Whirlwind Recordings.  This is the part of the release tour of the UK, France, Belgium and Germany throughout the beginning of 2015.

    Tam de Villiers – Guitar/Composition; David Prez – Tenor Saxophone; Frédéric Chiffoleau – Double Bass & Karl Jannuska – Drums -

    See more at: http://www.tamdevilliers.com/projects/tam-de-villiers-quartet#sthash.qIec1GFi.dpuf

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  • 2015-03-06 19:45:00

    Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble: The Whistle Blower

    6 March 2015 19:45

    Gilad Atzmon is one of the greatest sax players of our era - Robert Wyatt, in The Guardian, has called him the best musician in the world today. Atzmon and The Orient House Ensemble, renowned for their unique mix of jazz, folk and Arab music, are one of the hardest working bands on the circuit.

    They are launching The Whistle Blower, their 8th album, with a thirty five date UK tour. The band has been touring for nearly 15 years, gaining a reputation as one of European jazz’s pre-eminent bands. Gilad has been called “a local jazz giant” (Guardian) “exhilarating” (Herald Sunday tribune), “astonishing” (Metro). You can listen to The Orient House Ensemble’s award-winning albums, but seeing the band live is an experience not to be missed.

    Despite the fact that he is  also an author and an in demand session player (selected by Pink Floyd to take the sax chair on The Endless River, their first album for 20 years, released in November 2014), Gilad keeps the jazz flame burning.  With new drummer Chris Higginbottom providing a more traditional jazz feel in the sticks department, he explores his soprano technique to particularly fine effect, demonstrating just what a sensitive touch he has and how fine an improvisor - particularly on the extended solos of the Coltranesque Let Us Pray. Gilad says this is a mellow album, but there’s muscle  too with the Orient House Ensemble driving the rhythm along in the way that only a long-running institution of this kind can do. The Whistle Blower is a great title for a horn player’s album and of course references Gilad’s political stance: surely it has nothing at all to do with the fact that For Moana is a wolf whistle in the direction of that very Italian politician Ms Pozzi...

    Gilad Atzmon, saxes; Yaron Stavi, bass; Frank Harrison, keyboards; Chris Higginbottom, drums


    * 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

    Listen to a preview clip below:



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  • 2015-02-27 19:45:00

    Wild Flower Sextet: Celebrating Wayne Shorter

    27 February 2015 19:45

    Matt Anderson – Tenor Saxophone ; Laura Jurd – Trumpet ; Jamie Taylor – 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.  They recorded their debut album in 2014 with support from the Jazz Services Recording Support scheme, and in February 2015 they 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, 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.”  Matt has gone on to work with many of his former tutors and is 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'.


    Laura Jurd is an award-winning young trumpeter making waves on the UK jazz scene with the Laura Jurd Quartet (currently pairing up with the Ligeti string quartet) and the Chaos Orchestra. She is also as a member of ensembles such as the London Sound Painting Orchestra and Blue-Eyed Hawk.  Guitarist Alex Munk is a recent graduate of the Royal Academy of Music and is currently working with a number of distinguished UK musicians/groups including Stan Sulzmann Big Band, Ivo Neame and Trish Clowes.  Pianist Jamil Sheriff is Pathway Leader for Jazz at Leeds College of Music and is well known for his own projects such as his Octet and Big Band.  Finally, drummer Sam Gardner and bassist Sam Vicary have built up a rapport playing together in a variety of settings, appearing with jazz artists such as Jiannis Pavlidis, Tim Whitehead and Krzysztof Urbanski and performing and recording with ambient hip-hop band Ikestra.


    Needing no introduction, Wayne Shorter is a legendary figure across the whole spectrum of jazz, from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and his own seminal albums on Blue Note Records through to the Miles Davis Second Great Quintet and Weather Report to his new Quartet.




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Welcome to Birmingham Jazz

We are now heading into our Early 2015 season and it's another great set of bands and musicians. Get down to the Red Lion for some great jazz, food and drink!


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


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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