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Jazz in Birmingham

Subscribe to RSS RSSWednesday, 9th June, 2010

Leading jazz and classical trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of New York?s Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra, visits Symphony Hall on 25 June following a landmark London residency at the Barbican Centre earlier in the month.

Just a day later, audiences can revisit the swinging jazz of the 1940s with the UK?s most renowned big band - The Glenn Miller Orchestra - on 26 June in Symphony Hall.

Town Hall Associate Artists, the BBC Big Band, will be joined by singer Anita Wardell and Australian trumpet virtuoso James Morrison on 21 July to recreate the great jazz partnership of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald ? classic songs including Sleepy Time Down South, All of Me and Struttin? with some Barbecue will be recorded for BBC Radio 2?s Big Band Special.

Popular free jazz session, Rush Hour Blues, will continue to run every Friday evening throughout May, June and July, from 5.30pm to 7.00pm in the Level 3 bar of Symphony Hall, before moving outdoors to the canalside setting of Brindleyplace in August.

Sax and the City offers audiences a chance to relax with three hours of free calypso tinged jazz from Birmingham sax legend Andy Hamilton and his band The Blue Notes, starting at 12.30pm on 29 May and 3 July in the Level 3 bar of Symphony Hall.