Watching some of the BBC coverage of Glastonbury over the weekend, it struck me that the Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival has some of the same brilliant vibe, albeit on a much smaller scale.
It all takes place over the coming weekend, Friday 7 to Sunday 9 July in the beautiful Moseley Park. Two of the festival’s organisers, Gerv and Carl, tell me that this year’s is the biggest festival yet and that it is already larger than any of the Moseley Folk Festivals they have delivered. The jazz focused day – Sunday – has been completely sold out for some time. A programme that ranges from the brass marching band of Richard Foote and The Young Pilgrims to the disco sounds of Chic and Nile Rodgers certainly deserves it!
I would argue that there is a greater variety of music, more interesting headline acts and a more intimate atmosphere than at Glastonbury! Furthermore we now have in Birmingham a festival that reflects and showcases all the great music that happens in Birmingham throughout the year.
We’re proud to be programming partners for the Sunday programme again this year and we have built a strong line up for the Jazzlines stage. We have commissioned Richard Foote to write a series of pieces for a brass ensemble, The Young Pilgrims, that will march through the site before appearing on the Jazzlines stage. Richard has already recorded some of the pieces and they sound wonderfully funky and original. Read more about his commission here.
Also appearing on the stage are the Jazzlines Ensemble, the young group that have emerged from the 2012 Summer School and impressed at performances in the Symphony Hall Cafe Bar; Stella Roberts, a brilliant pianist leading her own quintet, a jazz singer, Anthony Marsden who has a great warm voice and a very hip style; the great mix of jazz, gospel and pop that Martin Trotman weaves together in his band, and finally the spectacular world jazz of Lokkhi Terra, a London based music collective.
Other bands that I am looking forward to hearing over the Mostly Jazz weekend: Snarky Puppy, whose gig at the Hare and Hounds last autumn was one of my gigs of 2012; Gogo Penguin, the very popular piano trio from Manchester; Bonobo’s live set on Friday night and Antelope, also on Friday; Antelope are as yet an unknown group led by pianist Dorian Childs that brings together jazz, funk and soul in a way that typifies the eclecticism and quality of the festival.
– Tony Dudley-Evans, Jazz Adviser
Details of all Jazzlines events can be found here
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