If you are going to try a few gigs in the English Midlands this month, these are the ones I’d choose from first:
Andrew Bain Embodied Hope Quartet
Jazzlines, CBSO Centre, Birmingham
The drummer’s Transatlantic all-star band playing Bain’s seven-movement work inspired by the necessary aspects of embodied hope. Should by uplifting!
Robert Glasper Experiment
Jazzlines, Town Hall, Birmingham
In the opinion of many, the most influential jazz musician of recent years. Jazz, hip-hop, R&B and more all feed into the pianist’s distinctive style.
Jazzlines, Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
The one-man-band seven-string guitarist plays bass, rhythm and lead simultaneously. Add the one-man-band drummer Bobby Previte, plus two horns and you have three bands for the price of one.
Peter Brötzmann & Heather Leigh
TDE Promotions/Fizzle, mac, Birmingham
The legendary German reedsman collaborates with American pedal steel guitarist. A finely nuanced exploration of jazz’s more elemental realms, or the nearest free improvisation gets to frightening, depending upon how your ears respond.
John Abercrombie & Marc Copland
Birmingham Conservatoire Recital Hall, Birmingham
Lunchtime gig and a very rare chance to see two brilliant U.S. jazz musicians visiting Birmingham to give masterclasses at the Conservatoire. Worth bunking off work for!
- There are, of course, many more gigs than just these that are worthy of your attention and attendance. For a guide to what’s on jazzwise in Birmingham this month and next, grab a copy of the latest Jazz In Birmingham leaflet from venues around the city, or have a look at a PDF on the Jazz In Birmingham website which is HERE.