THE 32ND BIRMINGHAM & SOLIHULL JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL – JULY 15TH TO 24TH 2016

13th July 2016

The Festival has extended its reach to incorporate Solihull. This has been done in collaboration with Solihull BID whose own successful Jazz Festival becomes part of that of their long-established neighbour.

See the Solihull Programme here

See the full programme of events here

Festival Supporters: Birmingham City Council, Solihull BID, Westside BID, Hampton by Hilton Hotel, Hortons, The Mailbox, Calthorpe Estates, Caffe Nero, Professional Music Technology, Ministry of Culture of The Republic of Lithuania, The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Cross Country Trains, Jewellery Quarter BID, Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, The Musicians Union, Park Regis, 57 Studio, Tama and Marstons.

201 performances, workshops, talks, masterclasses – 189 of them free – in 90 venues.

Bands and musicians from UK, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Hungary, Italy, India, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Spain and USA

Jitterbug and Lindy Hop Dance events – including free workshops at The BBC Mailbox and Caffe Nero Brindleyplace.

A free Photography Project for photographers of all ages and abilities with an Exhibition of Photography, a Photography Masterclass, a Meet The Photographer event and then a Winter Exhibition.

A five venue Jazz Sketch Crawl, Sketch Talk and Exhibition

Meet-the-author book event at Waterstones with Dave Gelly, and a Jazz Quiz with Digby Fairweather and Ron Simpson.

The English language premiere of Nino Sopranino [from Luxembourg] for 4 to 11 year olds at BBC Mailbox.

A month-long exhibition of paintings of jazz and blues musicians by Mark Skirving with an opportunity to meet and talk to the artist and see him at work. Mark is singer and saxophonist with King Pleasure and The Biscuit Boys.

Album release featuring the music of Billie Holiday, recorded at last year’s Festival and released on CD and online to celebrate the 101st anniversary of her birth

Free Ukulele workshops for all comers of all ages at BBC Mailbox and Caffe Nero Brindleyplace.

Jazz On A Summers Day film on a Summers Evening in Brindleyplace

Eve-of-Festival garden party on July 14th at The Blue Piano.

Jazz Canal boat trip

The late-night finale at the Festival’s Partner Hotel, The Hampton by Hilton – featuring Pepper & The Jellies from Italy.

And: one momentous collaboration between 96 Birmingham organisations – and contributions from The Republic of Lithuania and The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

DANCING : SKETCHING : PHOTOGRAPHING : PAINTING: QUIZZING: READING – AND A WHOLE LOT OF MUSIC MAKING