Gillespie and Atzmon, Biscoe and Kofi kick off the new Birmingham Jazz programme

Jazz fans throughout the Midlands have been waiting to see what the next move for long-time promoter Birmingham Jazz will be. Well this is it. Birmingham Jazz will be trying out two new venues this spring with two cracking gigs showcasing some of the best talent in British Jazz.

Birmingham JazzFirst off will be old-time jazz haunt The Bartons Arms in Aston with singer-songwriter Sarah Gillespie and Gilad Atzmon on reeds featuring their War on Trevor project, on Friday, June 1st starting at 7.45pm.

Next will be the hard-blowing saxophone teaming of Chris Biscoe and Tony Kofi, with Larry Bartley on bass and Stu Butterfield on drums, playing music by Eric Dolphy. This time in the more intimate surroundings of The Red Lion, Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter on Friday 29th June, again starting at 7.45pm.

Birmingham Jazz chairman, Nigel Holt, said: ‘We’re keen to re-establish a genuine ‘jazz club’ atmosphere to present the best in national-name performers. We think these venues offer a great opportunity to do that until we find a ‘home’ for our regular gigs.”

Birmingham Jazz is now operating entirely on the enthusiasm of its members and a determination to be an independent voice for jazz in Birmingham and the Midlands. It doesn’t have financial support from the City of Birmingham or the Arts Council.

Nigel continues: “So come along, show your support for live jazz and maybe get involved in making it happen – just as Birmingham Jazz has been doing for over thirty years!”

Sarah Gillespie Gig information
 Sarah Gillespie with Gilad Atzmon
1st June  7.45pm
Bartons Arms, Aston 144 High Street, Aston, Birmingham B6 4UP
Real Ale & Food

Chris Biscoe and Toni Kofi Profiles Quartet
29th June 7.45pm
Red Lion, Jewellery Quarter, Warstone Lane, Jewellery Quarter
Birmingham B18 6NG
Real Ale & Food

£10 each gig on the Door
£8 members

For more information about the artists visit:
Sarah Gillespie:
Profiles Quartet:

About Birmingham Jazz
Birmingham Jazz is a voluntary organisation that has promoted the best in local, national and international jazz since 1972.

More details on the Birmingham Jazz website at:

Birmingham Jazz
Unit 4, 14 Hylton Street, Birmingham B18 6HN
Telephone  0121 557 9551