The Mike Burney Benefit

Mike Burney is one of the most significant jazz musicians this City has ever produced. Only his determination to stay in Birmingham prevented him from taking his place on the international stages. Nevertheless, he has consistently worked with major artists including Jimmy Cliff, Chaka Khan, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and Roy Wood’s Wizzard. He has recorded with U.S. bluesmen including Gene The Mighty Flea Connors and guitar legend Mickey Baker of Love Is Strange fame. Mike has featured in every Birmingham Jazz Festival, often appearing alongside top British and American musicians, always holding his own in

top company, invariably gaining plaudits from the stars and sometimes blowing them right off the stage. Mike Burney will miss the festival this year. He is in the early stages of recovery from major surgery and currently unable to play. Inevitably, for a man who has dedicated his life to music, he has significant financial pressures. This is where his friends come in. His friends are far too numerous to fully list here, but they include Roy Wood, The Steve Gibbons Band and King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys. In addition there will be a host of surprise appearances from many of the fine musicians who understand the value of Mike

Burney’s contribution to our music. The performance is at The Asylum, Tuesday 9th July at 7.30 PM. All musicians have waived their fees. All proceeds go to Mike Burney. Any contributions from those who cannot attend can be sent by cheque payable to Mike Burney, to Jazz Festival, PO Box 944 Birmingham B16 8UT

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