Jazzlines – The season ahead…

Phil Woods, programme manager at Jazzlines introduces their autumn season packed full of the finest jazz from across the world. 

Don’t forget that BCU Students can access exclusive discounts of up to 50% off performances at Town Hall, Symphony Hall and venues across the city with the SoundBite scheme…

The Jazzlines programme from THSH presents a range of gigs (both free and ticketed) featuring some of the best local, national and international jazz musicians in venues across the city.

Our Autumn season is now well underway and we have some fantastic events coming up over the next few months. Here’s an introduction to the rest of our gigs this October and information about how anyone aged 16-25 can get half price tickets for most of our events.

Andrew Bain: Player Piano

This Sunday (18th October) we’re presenting a group led by a musician everyone on the jazz course will know well, drummer Andrew Bain. This is a brand new project called Player Piano and for this Bain has assembled some of the UK’s finest musicians to form a fantastic quintet. There is Gwilym Simocock on piano, Mike Walker on guitar, Steve Watts on bass and Iain Dixon on sax.

This gig is taking place at the CBSO centre, a venue with a great acoustic and they’ll be playing a combination of original music by the band members, and some written by late and greatly missed British jazz composers.

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Lucinda Fosker

As well as our regular free foyer gigs at Symphony Hall on Fridays at 5pm we also present a monthly free entry gig at The Jamhouse, a popular live music venue in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This month on Tuesday 20th October the band features a number of recent graduates from the Conservatoire jazz course, led by vocalist Lucinda Fosker.

Lucinda Fosker – I Thought About You

Event Info

Another regular venue for Jazzlines gigs is the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, on of Birmingham’s longest standing and best live music venues. It presents a broad programme including alternative rock, jazz, electronica, funk, folk, hip-hop and reggae. We present gigs there usually at least once a month, and on Thursday 22nd October saxophonist and reeds player Shabaka Hutchings returns to the city where he grew up, with his band Sons of Kemet.

A lot of you will already know this band, they’ve been one of the UKs leading live jazz acts for a few years now and won a MOBO award for their debut album Burn. Featuring the double-drum talents of Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner alongside tuba player Theon Cross, they mix rock, dub, Caribbean folk and African rhythms. With strong bass-lines and hypnotic drum grooves they’re a band that really must be experienced live. They’ll be playing tracks from their recently released new albums as well as those from their previous release.

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At the end of the month, on Wednesday 28th October we welcome bass legend Marcus Miller, known for his work with both jazz artists Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock, as well as range of pop and soul artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Kahn, Billy Idol and Jay-Z.

He’ll be performing material from this his debut Blue Note album, Afrodeezia, the making of which saw him collaborate with musicians from West Africa, South America and the Caribbean.

There’s also going to be a great local support act Neon Villages, led by Conservatoire graduate and prominent local pianist & bandleader David Grey.

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Soundbite – Discount Tickets

We’re keen to ensure that students at Birmingham Conservatoire are able to attend as many of this gigs as possible and benefit from the fact we are able to bring these musicians to the city.

To enable this we offer discount tickets for almost all of our gigs via Town Hall & Symphony Hall’s free Soundbite scheme for young people aged 16-25. Via this scheme we offer half price tickets to most of our events to anyone who has signed up to this scheme and buys their ticket in advance. As well as the Jazzlines programme this also allows you to access discount tickets for a whole range of the Town Hall & Symphony Hall including our Birmingham International Concert Series.

It’s free to join the scheme so it’s a great opportunity

Julian Lloyd Webber’s picks for the season ahead…

Welcome to another great season of performances at Birmingham Conservatoire!

This is my first term as Principal and I am well aware how good past seasons have been and how many of the world’s greatest musicians have worked and performed here. This autumn’s programme continues that tradition.

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber. Photo credit: John Millar.

Birmingham Conservatoire Principal, Julian Lloyd Webber. Photo credit: John Millar.

As usual our visiting musicians cover the spectrum of today’s music scene. Classical music is superbly represented by the likes of world-renowned violinist Tasmin Little, legendary fortepianist Robert Levin and a complete series of all of Brahms’s chamber works involving piano.

Cover of Birmingham Conservatories Autumn Concert Diary

What’s on this autumn at Birmingham Conservatoire

There is a bonanza for organists in Organfest, and there are great days out for string players, saxophonists, guitarists and for all brass players when the London Symphony Orchestra’s Principal Trumpet, Philip Cobb pays us a visit.

Our percussion department also comes to the fore with a lunch-time performance of Steve Reich’s landmark composition, Drumming. There is plenty of jazz, world and contemporary music, of course, our regular series of lunchtime recitals given by our most outstanding students.

And let’s not forget the two marvellous programmes of British music by the Conservatoire’s Symphony Orchestra including a rare performance of Malcolm Arnold’s Concerto for Two Violins and Strings.

Truly there is something for everyone and I urge you to look closely at the programme
for yourselves in case I have missed out your own particular favourite.

Julian Lloyd Webber
Birmingham Conservatoire