I love how the Birmingham Jazz Festival is advertised with a lone guitarist playing in an empty theatre. Aesthetically spot on but probably not the result they’re looking for.
This is the 23rd such festival in Birmingham and I’m not sure there are any that have run for longer – do correct me if I’m wrong. The launch is at 8am (!!!) on July 6th and there are a slew of events running for the next 10 days until July 15th.
All events are free (again, correct me if I’m wrong) and take place all over the city so the chances are you’ll bump into some kind of Jazz wherever you are.
They’re claiming “more jazz per square metre than has New Orleans” which, potential bad taste aside, is a bold statement but I’m no Jazz aficionado so I can’t say whether the quality of the Jazz will be as high. There certainly aren’t any names being shouted on the website, something you’d expect from an “International” festival.
Still, it’s good to see this still running after all these years and still taking over the city.