International mix in the Midlands jazz week ahead



The jazz week starts with Afro-funk from London and takes in a Swedish-born guitarist, concluding with a Russian and Israeli rhythm alliance.

Tonight the nine-strong KonKoma bring their blend of jazz, soul, funk and African music to the Hare And Hounds in Kings Heath. The band, which includes some members of legendary Afro-rockers Osibisa, have a debut disc out produced by Benedic Lamdin of Nostalgia 77.

It starts at 9pm, and tickets are £10. It’s presented by Jazzlines with Punch and Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival. More at and at

Tomorrow the Free Jazzlines session at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar features guitarist Jez Franks with Jasper Hoiby on bass, James Maddren on drums and Tori Freestone on flute. Together they are call Compassionate Dictatorship. Jazz, rock and risk-taking in equal measures. It starts at 5pm and it’s free. More at

From there it’s a quick move out to Balsall Heath and The Ort Cafe where the substantially numbered Matt Gough Dectet are on from 8.30pm. Matt is a trumpeter equally adept at leading a small combo and a big band. This time he’s somewhere in the middle. Tickets are £5/£3 on the door. More at

On Tuesday Mike Fletcher is presenting the Jiannis Pavlidis Quartet in his regular night at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth. Pavlidis was born in Sweden and studied there and at Berklee College of Music, before working as a guitarist in the US and all over Europe.

In the last eight years Pavlidis has been touring and recording with world-renowned players including David Liebman and Adam Nussbaum.

For his Spotted Dog gig he is joined by Matt Anderson on tenor saxophone, Sam Vicar on bass and Sam Gardner on drums.

The music starts at 9pm and although there is no charge on the door a £5 donation is recommended. More at or look at Jazz @ The Spotted Dog on Facebook.

The jazz week ends with a choice – an exciting double bill at the Hare And Hounds, or a fine piano trio down in Stratford.

World Service Project

World Service Project

The World Service Project, a quintet playing muscular rock-inflected jazz, have been presenting gigs with like-minded bands from elsewhere in Europe for a while now, and some of these have been to Birmingham in the past.

For this gig, there is a change of line-up, with WSP in a double bill with a Birmingham band, the Chris Young Sextet.

Should be a gas. It is part of Jazzlines’ Jazz Club Series, starts at 8.30pm, tickets are £8 and you can find out more at

Alex Hutton is the pianist for Stratford Jazz at their regular haunt, The Chapel at No 1 Shakespeare Street in Stratford-upon-Avon.

The gig celebrates the issue of Alex’s third album Legentis which has received wide acclaim. With him are Moscow-born virtuoso bassist Yuri Goloubev and the exceptional Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis. Melodic warmth and fiery urgency are expected.

The Alex Hutton Trio are on at 8pm, tickets are £8 (students £4) on the door. More at

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