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The Jazzlines Month - February 2013

Jazzlines’ activity this month is divided between the twin cities of Chicago and Birmingham.

Read Postcard from The Windy City by Steve Tromans and Tony Dudley-Evanshere

Five of us – the Steve Tromans Trio (Steve, Chris Mapp and Miles Levin), Mark Sanders and myself – are in snowy, windy Chicago for a collaboration with musicians from Umbrella Music. We arrived late on Monday and had a day to get over jet lag before rehearsing and playing with five musicians from The Windy City. We will be playing three sessions, culminating in an Birmingham-Chicago octet gig at the magnificently named Hungry Brain club. Steve has written six new pieces that will receive their premiere at the live music venue.

Meanwhile, in Birmingham activity continues apace. The highlight of February’s gigs is the first appearance in the city for many years of pianist Brad Mehldau. He’s playing Town Hall on Thursday 21 February in a special project with fellow pianist Kevin Hays. The duo will be performing material from their Modern Music album that features both their own compositions and interpretations of music by Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Equally exciting should be the first performance in Birmingham of Michael Wollny’s [em], a piano trio from Germany led by Wollny on piano who have a lot of the energy and drive of the much missed EST Trio. They play the Adrian Boult Hall on Wednesday 13 February.

As well as the regular Friday 5pm sessions at Symphony Hall, we also have a free entry event tonight (Thursday 7 February) in the foyer of the University of Birmingham’s Bramall Music Building with Hans Koller’s’ Chasing The Unicorn Band featuring a great new voice on alto sax, John O’Gallagher. And Tom Hill’s Outsville plays The Jam House on Tuesday 19 February.

– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazzlines Adviser