What a treat we are in for
during July & August...
...with Birmingham’s own International Jazz & Blues festival in its 30th year - 5498 performances since 1985 entertaining more than 2.4 million people.
They have presented musicians from 36 countries, this year making it 38 with bands from Slovakia [Bratislava Hot Serenaders] and Luxembourg [Saxitude]. and despite funding cuts, they are presenting a full programme with bands, mostly free entrance, from UK, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Spain and the USA.
MYJO are performing a special concert with America’s great Trumpet star Jon Faddis at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall on 13th July.
The National Brewery Centre are holding their Jazz Festival on 18th and 19th July, good music and good beer, what could be better.
Looking forward to September , Propaganda Swing runs at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry from Sat Sept 13th – Sat 27th it is a captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger.
Throwing a spotlight on the gripping, true story of ‘Charly and his Orchestra’, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists to be able to keep playing their beloved music even if it meant seeing that music corrupted for evil. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, For more information, visit www.belgrade.co.uk or Tel: 024 7655 3055.
... keep Jazzin’
Ace Drummin’ Man, John Petters invites you to some of the most exciting traditional jazz and swing events anywhere!
The Mississippi Rag (USA): "England’s finest Traditional Jazz Drummer."
Louis Armstrong Celebration Jazz Festival
Friday 12th - Monday 15th September 2014 @ South Downs Holiday Village, Bracklesham Bay, nr Chichester, Sussex
Full Board from £229 per person. The festival includes 15 different live concerts ranging from Ragtime, New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, Swing and American Songbook. Over 30 top musicians, as well as jazz lectures, Jazz Forums, Jazz Quiz. Dancing or listening - the choice is yours. Over 160 people already booked - limited availability - book quickly!
12th William Shakespeare Jazz’n’Swing Festival @ the Holiday Inn Hotel, Stratford upon Avon.
The Bard’s Bash! Saturday 22 - Monday 24th November. 2014
Half board, 4 star accommodation from £239 per person. Similar format to the above festival, but in the Bard’s birthplace in a high quality hotel. Selling very quickly. Limited music only day tickets also available - £35 Saturday & £40 Sunday
Artistes appearing at these festivals include: Drums: John Petters, Colin Bowden, Jack Cotterill Trumpet / cornet: Alan Gresty, Allen Beechey, Ken Sims, Chez Chesterman, Teddy Fullick, AIan Bateman Trombones: Dave Hewett, Mike Pointon, lan Bateman, Reeds: Pete Allen, John Wurr, Karl Hird, Trevor Whiting, John Crocker, Amy Roberts, Richard Exall, Piano: Colin Bray, Tim Huskisson, JJ Vinten, Guitar / banjo: Jonathan Graham , Jim Douglas, Tim Phillips, Dave Moorwood, Sean Moyses Bass: Annie Hawkins, Heather Birt, Keith Donald
Last Few Tickets for the London Sensational Louis Armstrong Riverboat Shuffle on the Dixie Queen, Saturday 6th September 2:15pm Boarding 5:30pm return With John Petters New Orleans All Stars plus Trefor Fingers Williams Usual Suspects. Tickets £29.50
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