Jazz and beyond in Birmingham

A feast of jazz, world and folk music is planned for Birmingham's Town and Symphony Halls this spring, including the pairing of Chris Barber and Acker Bilk

Jazz, world, folk and roots music come to Birmingham this spring in a packed programme as part of the Town and Symphony Halls' Jazzlines.

Big names in jazz as well as an eclectic mix of world music, from Qawwali and Cornish sea shanties to teiko drumming and Galician piping, will feature across more than 20 live shows and more than 50 free events.

Trombonist Chris Barber with his Big Band will pair up with clarinettist Acker Bilk (pictured) in the Town Hall on 15 February, with a two-band jazz extravaganza recalling their heyday in the 50s/60s.

The Mike Fletcher Big Band comes to town on 19 January, featuring New York saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Dan Weiss. Troyka, the trio including up and coming pianist Kit Downes, plays its distinctive mix of progressive jazz and funk at the Hare and Hounds on 30 January.
Brad Mehldau
As part of his UK tour, saxophonist Walter Smith III will take to the stage in the CBSO Centre on 2 February, while Brad Mehldau (pictured) and Kevin Hays stop by the Town Hall on 21 February as part of their spring tour.

As well as ticketed events, there's plenty of free music to enjoy too. Throughout the spring, the Symphony Hall Café Bar plays host to free Jazzlines gigs every Friday from 5pm.

Full listings and ticket prices for all the jazz, world, folk and roots music on offer can be found on the Town Hall and Symphony Hall website.

Sally Evans-Darby

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