Tuesday, July 15, 2014

‘Jazz’ you like it...it’s the 30th Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival!

Hot on the heels of the Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival (held in Moseley Park last weekend) comes the Birmingham InternationalJazz and Blues Festival...which is mostly free! From July 18th to July 27th some of the very best jazz and blues artists from across the world descend on various venues across Brum to dish up the good stuff. As ever the programme’s so jam packed with events it’s pretty hard to just pick a few highlights but the Remi Harris Trio and Tipitini are both highly recommended, Spain’s Potato Head Brass Band went down a storm last year and The Magnolia Sisters (Botanical Gardens Saturday 15th, tickets £15) will be Caj-unbelievably good fun. Ex Mike and the Mechanics / Squeeze vocalist Paul Carrack plays the Robin 2 as does (would you believe it?) Steven Seagal's (yes, THAT Steven Seagal) Blues Band. I guess if anyone tries to hijack the venue you're in safe hands. If you get a chance to catch Lewis Floyd Henry too make sure you grab it. How this dude isn’t a HUGE star yet frankly mystifies me...

Here are a few vids to whet your appetite, but you can get stuck in to the full programme right here

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