Birmingham has a fine history in the fusion of jazz with Indian music, and there are many collaborations today which continue the work put in by the late John Mayer.
Mayer, born in Calcutta, started out as a Western classical violinist, then melded Indian and European traditions as a composer, having some of his works conducted by Sir Adrian Boult.
Jazz proved another natural partner for Indian classical music, and he recorded with saxophonist Joe Harriot, ending up as the leader of Indo-Jazz Fusions, which had an American recording deal and toured the world.
He was also composer in residence at Birmingham Conservatoire.
In regular monthly concerts at the mac between this weekend and June, Sampad and Birmingham Jazz are keeping the flag flying, presenting four examples of Indo-Jazz.
First up on Friday is the sarod player and composer Dr Rajeeb Chakraborty with Jesse Bannister on saxophone and Subhen Chatterjee on tabla.
They will explore the relationship between the North Indian classical style and jazz.
It starts at 8pm, tickets are £8.50 and are available from 0121 440 3838 or online from www.macarts.co.uk
In the coming months there will be playing from Martin Speake, Manveer Singh and Surinder Sandhu.
Jazz and all sorts of other influences - gipsy, Latin, classical - combine in the violin playing of Ralph Allin. He has a new CD out, called A Fine Line, and launches it with a performance at the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove on Saturday evening.
His quartet is completed by Jadie Carey on bass, Al Gurr or Glen Taylor on piano and Steve Street on drums.
The Artrix Theatre is in School Drive, the box office is on 01527 577330, tickets are £10 and it starts at 7.30pm. The new disc, on All In Red Records is bound to be on sale.
On Sunday jazz and contemporary classical meet in a big way at the CBSO Centre with the world premiere of trumpeter Dave Douglas's Blue Latitudes, commissioned by Birmingham Jazz and Birmingham Contemporary Music Group.
If you can still get a ticket, this should be an event of the year. Bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Susie Ibarra will be playing with BCMG and on their own. It starts at 7.30pm, call 0121 767 4050 for more details.
Finally, apologies for leading you astray on the goings-on at Symphony Hall last weekend. A case of dreaded superseded press release syndrome, for which I will continue to castigate myself.
Of course it wasn't Tim Amann and his band rocking the Symphony Hall Bar, it was Nikolaj Bentzon's Botherhood, part of the weekend of collaborations between the Danish Radio and BBC Big Bands, which culminated in a grand Sunday evening bash in the hall itself. And of course there was no Curtis Stigers, it was Lulu.
This week the Friday early evening session features Fret & Fiddle. Or does it? Go along to find out.
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