Festival Artists 2014

Alligator Gumbo

Alligator Gumbo are an exciting Leeds based swing band, with a line-up of clarinet, violin, trumpet, trombone, washboard, accordion, steel guitar and double bass. They play New Orleans swing/jazz from the 1920s era with songs made popular by the likes of Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Jelly Roll Morton, performed in the traditional style of upbeat tempos, entertaining improvisations and footstomping swinging rhythms. See them during the 2014 Birmingham International […]

Art Themen Quartet

The wonderfully original saxophonist Art Themen managed throughout a long and successful career as an orthopaedic surgeon to build a major reputation on the British jazz and blues scene, initially picking up national awards with the Cambridge University Jazz Band, then playing and touring with the likes of Alexis Korner, Mick Jagger and Jack Bruce […]

Arthur Brown Jazz Band

Having led his own band for many years, trumpeter Arthur Brown joined Pete Allen’s band and then had a spell leading a band in Spain. On his return to the Midlands, he formed his present band which appears regularly throughout the region and annually at the Birmingham Festival. Arthur remains dedicated to the robust buccaneering […]

Backyard Music Boys

An acoustic quartet led by Matt Palmer, with a wide repertoire of the 1920s, 30s and 40s jazz scene, the Backyard Music Boys reach out to an era long gone – close your eyes and you won’t believe it’s not 1930’s New Orleans! See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival: Monday 21st July – […]

Barbara & All That Jazz

Formed in 2001, Barbara and All That Jazz is a seven piece band with long established and versatile musicians. Led by singer Barbara Taylor and performing mostly traditional jazz and blues, the band plays most of the Midlands jazz clubs as well as the Upton and Abersoch festivals. See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz […]

Becky Brine & The Hot Club of Stonehouse/Her Rhythm Boys

The West Country’s ‘Jazzeoke Queen’, Totnes-based Becky Brine will be remembered with affection by Birmingham patrons for her solo street entertainment throughout the last three festivals. Becky is equally at home in more sophisticated settings than the streets of Birmingham and returns to the City with her own quartet. A singer whom it is difficult […]

Bekah’s Renegades

Bekah’s Renegades have recently burst onto the Midlands blues scene, a five piece fronted by Rebekah Downes, whose unique and powerful voice draws on influences ranging from blues and soul to jazz and rock. Rebekah’s voice and performances have been quite rightly likened to such legendary artists as Tina Turner, Etta James and Janis Joplin, with her full voice, bluesy nature and power […]

Big Joe Pleasure

Big Joe is one of the great jazz and swing performers. When the Boss of the Blues holds sway, nobody is in any doubt who’s in charge. His ebullient singing is matched by his fine tenor and baritone sax playing in a memorably swinging package. See him during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival: Sunday 27th […]

Big Wolf Band

See them during the 2014 Birmingham International Jazz Festival: Wednesday 23rd July – 20:00 – The Roadhouse – £5 http://www.bigwolfband.com/ Facebook Twitter

Bob Hall & Dave Peabody

Critically acknowledged as Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist, Bob Hall’s distinctive, elegant and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy. He first came to fame in the rhythm ‘n’ blues explosion of the sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown. Other British […]