Welcome to the website of Big Bear Music Group, based in Birmingham, England since 1968. Our areas of activity include:
Big Bear Records
Probably the longest established independent record company in the UK and has been at the forefront of Jazz, Swing and Blues since 1968, with over 100 album releases in that time.
Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival
Since 1985, Big Bear Music has organised the annual Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival. Europe’s biggest free admission jazz party, every July the festival brings bands from across the globe to over 200 venues across the West Midlands.
As well as being Birmingham’s home of the blues since 1968 with weekly gigs at Velvet Music Rooms, our blog and weekly Bluesletter features stories and interesting music and video from the past, present and future of the blues.
Big Bear Music’s live agency represents touring bands including King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Tipitina and Lady Sings The Blues, and regularly books a wide variety of acts for public events and private functions.
The Jazz Rag
Since 1987, The Jazz Rag magazine has been at the heart of the British jazz scene, published bi-monthly and containing news, reviews and features on both the rich history of jazz from across the globe, and exciting new album releases, tours and festivals.
The British Jazz Awards
Now in their 32nd year, The British Jazz Awards play a vital role in providing recognition for the best musicians, bands and albums releases in this country’s jazz scene
Big Bear Music also has a rich archive of photography stretching back to the early 1960s and featuring some of the most illustrious names in rock and roll, jazz and blues. All the photos displayed are available for commercial use and as prints – get in touch for details
Get the inside story on the first 50 years of Big Bear Music in Jim Simpson’s new book, Don’t Worry ‘Bout The Bear – available to order now
Click here for A Brief History of Big Bear Music, covering our 50 years and counting in the business
Big Bear Music Po Box 944 Birmingham B16 8UT, England
Tel: 0121 454 7020