When was the last time a bundle of youthful energy, polished musicianship and originality like Tipitina landed on the mat unannounced? It’s quite disconcerting.’ – Dave Gelly

This is the eighth Birmingham festival for Tipitina, singer Debbie Jones and pianist Justin Randall. Debbie’s background in gospel music (with the One Voice and Urban Voice choirs) has enabled her to front highly successful Choir Workshops at the festival, while Justin’s devotion to the New Orleans professors in no way inhibits his comprehensive mastery of piano styles.

Tipitina deliver their own unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans, in the footsteps of Professor Longhair, Dr. John, James Booker, Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint. Following on from their acclaimed debut album I Wish I Was In New Orleans, Tipitina are now on a roll with Taking Care of Business recorded at 2011’s Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival supported by Colmore BID.

‘A wonderful CD, it superbly captures how this incredible band sound au naturelle...phenomenal 10/10 ‘ -Blues In Britain

‘Tipitina, already recognised by thousands of fans, can bring any crowd to its feet’- The Jazz Rag

Tipitina play Victoria Square at 11am and The Brasshouse at 5pm on Friday 12th