The Jazzlines Month - October 2014

Jazzlines are back at the fantastic CBSO Centre this autumn following a £1.8m upgrade of the facilities which include:

  • Enhancement of the performance facilities with new acoustics, seating and lighting improving the quality of both concerts and rehearsals
  • A transformation of the public areas providing lively and interactive spaces for informal and formal meetings/events
  • Repair works to the building’s fabric and energy saving replacements which will help with sustainability and carbon reduction

Read more about the upgrade and refresh project

The Neil Cowley Trio were the first of our autumn season artists to perform at the fresh new venue space earlier this week. We always enjoy working with Neil and his bandmates; material from their new album Touch and Flee performed in their charismatic style gave our programme the perfect effervescent start.

We’re back at the CBSO Centre again this weekend with two excellent and very contrasting projects; the first being the culmination of a year’s Jerwood Fellowship with us from musician Percy Pursglove on Friday 17 October.

Far Reaching Dreams of Mortal Souls is a collection of nine pieces based on speeches and associated works of iconic figures throughout history including Charles Darwin, Nelson Mandela, Joan of Arc, Galileo and the Birmingham-based recent Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai.

The music will feature key players in the British jazz scene including Julian Arguelles, Paul Clarvis, Hans Koller, Michael Janisch and Jim Rattigan and features an eight-piece choir.

On Saturday 18 October we a double bill featuring the wonderful and ever popular Sara Colman with her quintet and the London Vocal Project, a massed choir led by acclaimed jazz musician Pete Churchill.

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The vibrant and slightly bonkers Troy-Kestra bring us back to the Centre on Saturday 8 November featuring a band full of wonderful British players performing an eclectic set of contemporary jazz orchestra music.

Our last gig of the year at the CBSO Centre takes place on Saturday 22 November with an artist that we are extremely excited about. Steve Coleman visits Birmingham, along with an excellent band featuring Jonathan Finlayson, Anthony Tidd and Sean Rickman.

“We’re thrilled with the newly refurbished CBSO Centre and look forward to welcoming Jazzlines’ autumn gigs here. We hope the Jazzlines audience enjoy the new space and are delighted to be hosting so many exciting projects this season.”– Niki Longhurst, CBSO Centre Manager

The THSH/Jazzlines team are delighted to be back at the venue in Berkeley St: it’s hugely important for us in terms of developing and profiling British and International jazz musicians and presenting those musicians in a beautiful acoustic. We look forward to you joining us for some incredible live music over the coming weeks.

– Mary Wakelam Sloan, Jazzlines Programme Manager