Birmingham Jazz opens its autumn season with the first of its Club Nights at the Red Lion in Warstone Lane in the Jewellery Quarter tomorrow.
The band is Me & 3, and the evening begins at 7.30pm. The Me is saxophonist Joey Walter-Lane and the 3 are fellow saxophonists Anna Brooks and Tom Martin plus bassist Ben Markland.
They will be playing music by Mike Mower of Itchy Fingers, Dave Brubeck and more from multi-sax favoured composers.
These club nights are very much interactive ones with club members urged to discuss their likes and dislikes with the BJ organisers.
Members get in free, but everyone’s welcome and the rest only pay £3. More at www.birminghamjazz.co.uk
Meanwhile, Jazzlines is putting the accent on free-entry gigs and keyboard-led bands this week with two in familiar settings and one in a new venue.
It’s new in every sense, as this is the recently completed Bramall Music Building, a gorgeous 450-seat concert hall on the University of Birmingham campus, or to be more specific, the foyer of said building.
First up is the Matt Ratcliffe Coda Quartet - Matt on keyboards, plus Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Nick Jurd on bass and Tymoteusz Jozwiak on drums.They will be playing from 5pm this evening.
The Bramall early evening sessions are a new monthly addition to the Jazzlines programme.
Tomorrow, the early evening Rush Hour Blues sessions resume with a Birmingham favourite, pianist Tim Amann’s Xtet (nothing like hedging your bets when it comes to the number of musicians on stage), with Adam Gilchrist highly likely to be on bass, with possibly Sam Rogers on saxophone and Roy Butcher on trumpet.
Regular RHB attenders please note - from tomorrow the music starts at 5pm.
And on Tuesday, Jazzlines’ Jam House monthly sessions get going again, too.