The Big Bear Ffolly
To celebrate 45 years, Big Bear Records, probably the UKs longest established record company, is reviving a grand tradition from their early days when The Ffolly took to the road with the label’s artists, which at that time were The Locomotive, Bakerloo Blues Line, Tea & Symphony – and Black Sabbath featuring Ozzy Osbourne.
The class of 2013 are the greatest swing band on this planet, King Pleasure & the Biscuit Boys, British Jazz Award Winner for Best Singer Val Wiseman, the fast rising New Orleans style combo Tipitina, nominated for Best Small Group in 2013 British Jazz Awards and Boss Of The Blues, Roy Forbes with his Combo.
With a tour of European venues in the pipeline for late 2013, this edition of The Ffolly makes it's debut at Solihull Arts Complex as part of the Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival on Friday May 24th. You can purchase tickets for The Ffolly here. To find out about the great array of free music the people of Solihull are being treated to (programmed by Big Bear) over the Late May Bank Holiday weekend, visit the Solihull Festivals website.
British Jazz Awards Nominations Announced!
It gives us great pleasure to announce the nominations for the 27th edition of the British Jazz Awards, this year produced in association with The Jewellery Quarter BID for the first time.
Each year the awards bring together some of the most influential writers, promoters and broadcasters in mainstream jazz to nominate those musicians, ensembles and albums most deserving of recognition for bringing us the music that makes life that bit more worthwhile.
But there's more good news: our pals at The Jewellery Quarter BID have arranged for this year's presentation to take place in the stunning St Paul's Church, were for the cost of a ticket revellers can see a lineup of the best that British jazz has to offer sharing a stage and a tune or two. The presentation takes place on July 10th as part of the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival, with tickets available here.
The nominees are as follows:
Trumpet: Bruce Adams, Guy Barker, Enrico Tomasso, Steve Waterman
Trombone: Ian Bateman, Mark Nightingale, Dennis Rollins, Roy Williams
Clarinet: Alan Barnes, Tony Coe, Mark Crooks, Julian Marc Stringle
Alto Saxophone: Alan Barnes, Nigel Hitchcock, Peter King, Derek Nash
Tenor Saxophone: Robert Fowler, Karen Sharp, Art Themen, Bobby Wellins
Piano: Nikki Iles, Craig Milverton, David Newton, Gareth Williams
Guitar: Dominic Ashworth, Dave Cliff, Jim Mullen, Martin Taylor
Bass: Andy Cleyndert, Alec Dankworth, Dave Green, Len Skeat
Drums: Steve Brown, Sebaastian de Krom, Ralph Salmins, Bobby Worth
Miscellaneous: Alan Barnes (Baritone Saxophone), Mick Foster (Baritone Saxophone), Christian Garrick (Violin), Jim Hart (Vibraphone)
Vocals: Lianne Carroll, Claire Martin, Anita Wardell, Val Wiseman
Rising Star: Henry Armburg Jennings, Laura Jurd, Ed Richardson, Tim Thornton
Big Band: Back To Basie, BBC Big Band, Beats & Pieces, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra
Small Group: Brass Jaw, Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen, The Great Wee Band, Tipitina
New Album: Claire Martin – Too Much In Love To Care (Linn), Courtney Pine – House of Legends (Destin-E World), Mark Lockheart – Ellington In Anticipation (Subtone), Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes – Two For The Road (Woodville)
Reissued Album: Bobby Wellins Quartet – Birds Of Brazil (Hep), British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Volumes 1&2 (Lake), Joe Harriott – Movement/High Spirits (Dutton Vocalion), Stan Tracey – Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid)
We'd also like to thank our nomination panel for their time:
Bob Weir (Jazz Journal) Chris Hodgkins (Jazz Services) Cole Mathieson (The Concorde Club) Dave Gelly (The Observer) David Nathan (The British Jazz Archive) Dick Laurie (Allegedly Hot News International) Fred Lindop (Swanage Jazz Festival) Jerry Brown (Norwich Jazz Party) Liz Lincoln (Promoter) Lord Anthony Colwyn (Chair, All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group) Mike Gordon (Scarborough Jazz Festival) Mike Pointon (Jazz Writer)Peter Vacher (Jazz Writer) Ron Simpson (The Jazz Rag) Tony Augarde (Musicweb International)
The Jazz Fest's On It's Way
British Jazz Awards Come Back To Birmingham
In association with the Jewellery Quarter Development Trust
The Jewellery Quarter BID have got together with the Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival to capture the most important event in the British Jazz Calendar for Birmingham: the British Jazz Awards.
The 27th British Jazz Awards will be presented on July 10th at St Paul’s Church in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of the 29th Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival.
The return of the awards to Birmingham is a homecoming as they originated in Birmingham 27 years ago before being snatched by London in 1994. As well as bringing together an expert panel to nominate the best musicians, bands and albums across 16 categories, the public gets the chance to decide the winner.
You can cast your vote at http://tiny.cc/britishjazzawards/, and get entered into our prize draw to win a pair of tickets to this year's awards presentation, featuring a performance from the winners in the kind of top drawer jazz lineup you only ever get at The British Jazz Awards. Those who aren't as lucky can buy tickets via Selly Oak based website TheTicketsellers.
The Folks That Brought You...Ozzy Osbourne International Airport
Imagine our surprise over the festive season, when halfway through polishing off yet another box of Quality Street, we saw that our call for Birmingham airport to be renamed in honour of Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne had found a taker
We spent the following day scooping our collective jaw off the floor as The Mirror, The Star, BBC News, Sky News and Sky Sports all carried items. But soon we were recieving phone calls requesting interviews from further afield, including USA Today, The Times Of India, The New Zeland Herald and De Telegraaf.
Jim Simpson of Big Bear Records originally discovered Black SAbbath and managed them through their most productive period, losing them the week that the single 'Paranoid' was number 2 on the chart, the album 'Paranoid' number 1 and their first album 'Black Sabbath' coming back onto the chart at 16.
Could it really happen? Well, at this early stage in negotiations, all we can say is watch this space.