Birmingham Jazz presents…

Two for the price of one in the Jewellery Quarter.

There’s an interesting double bill at the Red Lion this week, as Birmingham Jazz present two top British bands.

Deirdre Cartwright and Alison Rayner run the promotions/record label Blow the Fuse and one of their projects has been Tomorrow the Moon – double bills of a main band with a short first set from a younger/emerging/less experienced group. It’s been running very successfully now for five years – and Birmingham Jazz is providing another episode of this project. Headlining will be the Alison Rayner Quartet, preceded by a short set from the Tom Harris Trio.

Alison Rayner has had a lengthy career as a bass player and composer. Now as leader of the five piece ARQ she ties together many of the strands of her numerous musical influences. A long time Charlie Haden admirer as well as a Jaco Pastorios fan, Alison plays acoustic bass for this band and is supported by some of the most accomplished musicians in the UK today. Expect terric groves, poignant melodies and fluid improvisation. The influences are as diverse as funk, folk and Afro-Cuban dance music.

Opening the show will be pianist Tom Harris and his trio.

Alison Rayner Quintet (plus Tom Harris
Friday 25th November 7.30pm

The Red Lion UAB
Warstone Lane
B18 6NG

Admission £12.50
Members £10
Students £5