Birmingham Jazz presents…

More from Birmingham Jazz this week.

Friday evening sees a welcome return to the Jewellery Quarter for Mark Pringle with a special international quartet featuring special guest Mike Williams. The band involves bringing together Mark’s favourite musicians from across Europe for a UK tour, a diverse and fascinating group of like-minded musicians: João Lopes Pereira who is Portuguese on drums, Tobias Anderson from Sweden on guitar, James Banner living in Berlin on the double bass, and himself on the piano.

It should be fascinating to see the musical results of this intercultural meeting. Expect some exploration of our different folk musics and plenty of original music.

Mark Pringle is a pianist and composer from the UK working in the fields of jazz and improvised music. He is a Yamaha Jazz Scholar, a Peter Whittingham Award winner and grateful recipient of a postgraduate study award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust. In the UK he has performed at the Proms Late Series, Manchester Jazz Festival, The Vortex, Southbank Centre and for BBC Radio 3, as well as abroad at Dokkhuset, Trondheim; Salle Maurice Fleuret, Paris; Koncertkirken, Copenhagen; and A-Trane, Berlin.

Mark was named in a list of musicians who made a big impression in 2015 by London Jazz News and included in Jazzwise Magazine’s list of musicians to look out for in 2016.

Mark has undertaken studies at conservatoires in Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Amsterdam and Birmingham with some world-class musicians and creative thinkers – John Taylor, Greg Cohen, Søren Kjærgaard, Liam Noble and Harmen Fraanje to name just a few. He graduated with First Class Honours from the undergraduate jazz course at Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015, receiving the Jazz Department Performance Prize, the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Achievement and the Principal’s Prize for outstanding musicianship.

The event takes place on Friday 13th October at 1,000 Trades, 16 Frederick Street Jewellery Quarter, B1 3HE. Admission £12.50, members £10, students £5.