Musicians from across the Midlands are to play a benefit gig to raise funds for a Birmingham saxophonist who is in hospital after he was hit by a car as he crossed the road.
Top jazz and blues player Steve Ajao suffered serious head injuries and two broken legs in a serious road accident last Monday. Friends fear he is unlikely to be able to work for some time.
The 52-year-old saxophonist, from Moseley, was hit by a Fiat Punto driven by a 19-year-old man from Sparkbrook as he crossed Warwick Road outside the Safeway supermarket in Acocks Green shortly before 8pm.
The fund-raising gig is being held in the beer garden at one of Steve's favourite pubs - the Prince of Wales in Moseley - on Sunday July 3.
Doors will open at 12.30pm and there will be a full day of jazz, blues, reggae, rock and acoustic music with many top names from across the region lending their support. A full line up and programme will be announced nearer the date.
Event organiser Ade Wakelin said: "There will be a £5 admission charge for everyone, including all of the musicians, artists, caterers and volunteers, but if anybody feels able to donate a little more, then we will be most grateful. All of the money collected will be donated to help Steve."
Organisers of the Birmingham Jazz Festival, at which Mr Ajao was to play, also plan to stage a special Blues In The Night fundraising concert on July 9 at the festival tent in Centenary Square, with all the musicians giving their services for free.