Mostly Jazz

Full marks for enterprise and honesty to The Mostly Jazz Festival, which is launched in Birmingham (England) this weekend (3-4 July).

There's plenty of jazz amongst the mostliness at Moseley Park, including the Sun Ra Arkestra, James Taylor Quartet, Courtney Pine, Gary Potter Trio, Andy Hamilton and the Blue Notes, Sara Colman and the Birmingham Jazz Youth Group.

There's also Portico Quartet, Polar Bear and Led Bib and a wealth of local and fringe talent and other performance art including poetry. More at

The Mostly Jazz Festival, 82 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5RD. Tel: 07512 378 818.

Marshall Allen, Sun Ra Arkestra leader (photo Sibylle Zerr)