Jazz Fest Under Way!

Friday saw the 31st Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival open up in a blaze of sunshine and hot music. 

Crowds in Victoria Square enjoyed the delights of the Food Festival alongside the music of such as Ricky Cool and the In Crowd - and there’s nothing like a conga in the sunshine for building up an appetite! Also enjoying al fresco jazz and blues at the weekend are the dancers at the Pop-up Dancehall and audiences in the Blue Piano garden, the Waters Edge Bandstand and the Lord Clifden.

And this is the first of two Sundays at the Botanical Gardens! Jazz concerts in such beautiful surroundings are a regular highspot of the festivals. This year the Derek Nash Quartet play an afternoon session before what will surely be an outstanding concert from the crack big band, the Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra. Tickets at £15 from 0121 454 1860 or pay on the door.

Looking forward through the week, another focus of interest is the Electric Cinema (0121 643 7879), with regular showings of Amy, the film about Amy Winehouse and an outstanding double-bill on Wednesday July 8th. Guitar Superjam features three top guitarists (Remi Harris, Adrian Ingram and Lee Jones) playing and talking together before a showing of the Woody Allen film, Sweet and Lowdown.



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