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.
Since 1985, Big Bear Music has organised the annual Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival. Europe’s biggest free (as in gratis) jazz party, every July the festival brings bands from across the globe to over 200 venues across the West Midlands.
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.
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.
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
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