The little big concert this week is a Norwegian affair on Friday evening at the CBSO Centre; the big big concert takes place in Symphony Hall on Sunday and also has a northern European flavour.
First, Norwegian pianist and all-round interesting person Ketil Bjornstad.
He has a classical background and is also a novelist and poet. Certainly his touch on the keyboard has poetry in it, and his latest CD, Floating, is aptly titled.
That disc may have been for a trio, but for this Contemporary Music Network tour concert in collaboration with Birmingham Jazz, he has assembled a band which includes some other drawcard names. These are Eivind Aarset on guitar, Arild Andersen on bass and Andy Sheppard on saxophones.
The line-up is completed by two drummers, cello and voice.
Expect evocative Nordic sounds and some fire among the ice.
To book, call 0121 767 4050 or go in search of the Symphony Hall box office on the necgroup website. The gig starts at 8pm and costs #8.
Two days later, take away half and hour, and you have a line-up to make a big band lover's eyes water.
The Danish Radio Big Band, the BBC Big Band and Curtis Stigers fill the Symphony Hall stage with equipment and look likely to raise the roof.
Before a 40-piece finale, there will be sets from the bands, smaller groups from their ranks, and some featured vocals and saxophone from Stigers.
Tickets are #12.50-19.50 from 0121 767 4050 or online at the Symphony Hall box office.
Also, wander into the Symphony Hall foyer on Friday and Saturday afternoons, or into the main hall on Sunday morning and you will hear more jazz from the bands' ranks.
Other dates to note: Tomorrow 8.30pm: Jazz Coventry has the Janette Mason Quartet, with Julian Siegel on saxophone, at the Biggin Hall pub on Binley Road, Coventry.
Tickets are #8. Go to www.jazzcov.co.uk for more. Friday 5.30pm: The excellent Midlands pianist and composer Tim Amman leads his band with special guest, Rus-sian saxophonist Oleg Kireyev, at the Symphony Hall bar as part of the Rush Hour Blues series. It's free.