Friday 25th July

"England, Birmingham, 25-07-14Lewis Floyd Henry gets his jam on at The Crown, Corporation Street

It’s been such a good Jazz Festival this year that when on Friday we realised there were only three days left, it was a sad realisation – but then, looking at the prospect of all the great shows to come, this year’s Festival is far from over! If you’re not doing anything this weekend, then definitely head over to some great Jazz Festival events – if you don’t have a programme then you can download one here: Jazz Festival Programme

Friday morning couldn’t have started off with more of a bang than with the enigmatic characters of Digby Fairweather and Becky Brine & Her Rhythm Boys at the Birmingham Markets. As well as their character, they showed off their quality musicianship on trumpet and vocals respectively, bringing a good start to the day at the Markets! For those who fancied an elegant concert venue, the lunchtime concert with the Budapest Ragtime Band at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts did not disappoint, while lunchtime breaks were enjoyed both at Colmore Square with the Potato Head Jazz Band and at The Square Shopping Centre with the Arthur Brown Jazz Band.

"England, Birmingham, 25-07-14Some audience members enjoy the Budapest Ragtime Band at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts

The afternoon saw another whole host of events, from Lewis Floyd Henry at the Crown, Corporation Street to the Lee Jones Trio at Cafe Opus and Bobby Woods at Chung Ying Central. Plenty of variety there for all music lovers, that’s for sure! And this variety stretched into the evening, with Rachel Hutchings singing away at The Drop Forge while Derek Nash saxed away at the Garden House, both with fine trios of backing musicians. As Friday drew to a close, we at the 30th Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival were beginning to grow excited with anticipation for what is sure to be a fabulous ending weekend…