What a scorcher!

Following last year's 10 days of rain, for this year's jazz fest the sun hardly stopped shining! England, Birmingham, 08-07-13 The Potato Head Jazz Band at the Lord Clifton. © Photo Merlin DalemanThanks to our venues, partner organisations and not to mention the bands themselves once again Birmingham audiences were treated to a great array of musical styles in an even better variety of locations. There were two superlative jazz jams in the form of the StarCity Swing Session and The British Jazz Awards at St Pauls in The Jewellery Quarter, top notch blues and rockfrom the likes of Grainne Duffy, The Will Johns Band and Trevor Burton, two great summer's evenings at The Botanical Gardens featuring The Lamours and Bob Kerr & his Whoopee Band, and much else besides.


You can get a taste of the festival thanks to The Birmingham Post hosting an online gallery of photos from our photographer in residence, Merlin Daleman, as well as this news piece on BBC Midlands today. Watch this space for more videos, pics and reviews, and keep July 18-27th 2014 free in your diary for our 30th edition!

Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

Save the dates: the 30th Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival will take place 18-27th July 2014

Click on the programme cover to see what went on in 2013


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British Jazz Awards Results Announced!

Thanks to all who voted in this year's British Jazz Awards. A full report of the splendid time had by those at the presentation, sponsored by The Jewellery Quarter BID, a full report of which will follow. In the meantime, here's the classified results:



  1. Enrico Tomasso
  1. Guy Barker
  1. Steve Waterman
  1. Bruce Adams
  1. Steve Fishwick




  1. Mark Nightingale
  1. Dennis Rollins
  1. Ian Bateman
  1. Roy Williams
  1. Kieran McLeod




  1. Alan Barnes
  1. Julian Marc Stringle
  1. Tony Coe
  1. Mark Crooks
  1. Pete Long


Alto Saxophone


  1. Alan Barnes
  1. Nigel Hitchcock
  1. Peter King
  1. Derek Nash
  1. Soweto Kinch


Tenor Saxophone


  1. Bobby Wellins
  1. Karen Sharp
  1. Art Themen
  1. Robert Fowler
  1. Simon Spillett




  1. Gareth Williams
  1. Nikki Iles
  1. David Newton
  1. Craig Milverton
  1. George Cooper




  1. Jim Mullen
  1. Martin Taylor
  1. Dominic Ashworth
  1. Dave Cliff
  1. Nigel Price




  1. Dave Green
  1. Alec Dankworth
  1. Andy Cleyndert
  1. Len Skeat
  1. Al Swainger




  1. Steve Brown
  1. Sebastiaan de Krom
  1. Bobby Worth
  1. Ralph Salmins
  1. Ed Richardson




  1. Jim Hart (Vibraphone)
  1. Alan Barnes (Baritone Saxophone)
  1. Mick Foster (Baritone Saxophone)
  1. Christian Garrick (Violin)
  1. Amy Roberts (Flute)




  1. Anita Wardell
  1. Lianne Carroll
  1. Claire Martin
  1. Val Wiseman
  1. Claire Teal



Rising Star


  1. Tim Thornton
  1. Laura Jurd
  1. Ed Richardson
  1. Henry Armburg Jennings


Big Band


  1. BBC Big Band
  1. NYJO
  1. Back To Basie
  1. Beats And Pieces
  1. Pete Cater Big Band


Small Group


  1. Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen
  1. Tipitina
  1. Brass Jaw
  1. Great Wee Band
  1. Brownfield Byrne Hot Six


New Album


  1. Claire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care (Linn)
  1. Martin Taylor/Alan Barnes - Two For The Road (Woodville)
  1. Mark Lockheart - Ellington In Anticipation (Subtone)
  1. Courtney Pine - House of Legends (Destin-E World records)
  1. Lianne Carroll - Ballads




  1. Stan Tracey - Three Classic Albums Plus (Avid)
  1. Bobby Wellins Quartet - Birds Of Brazil (Hep)
  1. Joe Harriott - Movement/High Spirits (Vocalion)
  1. British Traditional Jazz At A Tangent Volumes 1&2 (Lake)


Mike Burney In The Mail

The Birmingham Mail were good enough to run a piece on our pal and Birmingham saxophone legend and festival favourite Mike Burney. Mike's been undergoing cancer treatment recently, and as such has been unable to work, so we're organising a benefit gig for him during this year's festival.

On Tuesday 9th The Asylum will play host to just some of Mike's former bandmantes, including...Roy Wood (The Move, ELO, Wizzard), Steve Gibbons, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, and many more! Tickets are £10, with all proceeds going to Mike, and are available from TheTicketsellers

Click on the image to view the aticle on the Birmingham Mail website

Festival Programme Announced!

The wait is over! Our usual glossy programmes are rolling off the press as we speak, but in the meantime you can view the superb lineup of concerts, workshops, films and more by clicking on the programme cover below.

It's set to be a bumper year, with over 200 events featuring over 100 performers taking place at 85 venues across the city, mostly free. Highlights include the annual StarCity Swing Session, Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band and The Lamours at The Botanical Gardens, the return of the British Jazz Awards to Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter, not to mention the inclusion of two Lithuanian acts for the first time!

So take a look and see which of the events tickle your fancy, and make sure you haven't made any other plans for July 5-14th!



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