Playing a key role in this year’s festival is the Blue Piano Bar and Restaurant in Edgbaston. The Blue Piano provides a suitably stylish setting for Welcome to the Land of Jazz, an exhibition of photographs taken at previous Birmingham International Jazz Festival by photographer-in-residence Merlin Daleman.
Action photographs feature such festival favourites as King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys and Festival Patron Digby Fairweather, plus bands from the Costa del Sol to Budapest. Merlin’s characterful portraits in appropriate festival settings include striking images of Dutch guitarist Nomy Rosenberg, tenor sax star Simon Spillett and powerhouse singer Debbie Jones of Tipitina.
The Blue Piano has a regular programme of music centred on its (unsurprisingly) blue piano, with resident pianist Tom Armitage and various duos and trios. During the festival this is supplemented by appearances by many different artists all listed below.
26 Harborne Rd, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 3AA
Tel: 0121 454 6877
Events happening here:
Thursday July 3rd – Thursday July 31st – Welcome to the Land of Jazz – Exhibition of Photography: Blue Piano – Free Entry
Thursday 17th July – 18:00 – New Orleans Jump Band – Free Entry
Friday 18th July – 12:30 – Tom Armitage – Free Entry
Friday 18th July – 19:00 – Roy Forbes (duo) – Free Entry
Wednesday 23rd July – 19:00 – Strumpit – Free Entry
Thursday 24th July – 12:30 - Gary Williams – Free Entry
Friday 25th July – 12:30 – Stuart Barker Duo – Free Entry
Friday 25th July – 19:00 – Remi Harris (duo) – Free Entry
Saturday 26th July – 19:30 – Pepper & The Jellies [Italy] - Free Entry