We have become accustomed to marveling at the jazz playing of young musicians in orchestras like the Midlands Youth Jazz Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.
On Tuesday at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre, there's a chance to hear what happens when the net is spread still wider, with a performance of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra.
In fact, it goes even further afield than that as EYJO comprises 16 young professionals from not only Germany, Slovenia, Holland, Poland, Austria, Denmark and other European nations, but also players from America and Canada. Presumably they live in Europe.
Conductor for their tour, which also takes in The Sage in Gateshead and other venues in Britain, Denmark, Sweden Germany and The Netherlands, is the BBC's Barrie Forgie, and contributing compositions is not only Barry himself but also Julian Joseph.
In addition to these original tunes they will be performing a lot of more familiar big band music.
Called Swinging Europe the EYJO project started in 1998 and has annually sent a busload of young musicians, handpicked from music conservatories, universities and via radio stations, on a one-month tour to every corner of Europe. A few years they have even gone as far as North and South America.
Every year there is a new line-up of 18-30 year olds, a new conductor and new compositions.
This year the band includes a young Canadian pianist Laila Biali, whose own band opened for Diana Krall at the Vancouver Jazz Festival.
The orchestra's drummer will be Jaska Lukkarinen, from Finland, who also plays with the folk band Varttina. Their music was used in the soundtrack for the recent Lord Of The Rings films.
The European Jazz Orchestra present Swinging Europe at 8pm on Tuesday at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Tickets are £14-£10 from 0121 412121.
Jazz Club at the Rainbow Pub in Deritend, Digbeth goes from strength to strength with gigs every second Thursday.
Tomorrow, saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch move his Live Box collective over from The Drum to Jazz Club.
Regular DJ Sammy Goulbourne spins things from 8pm and the live music starts at 9.30pm £2 entrance on the door.
On Saturday Birmingham Jazz welcomes a pianist who has been something of a stranger in the city for a while, concentrating his efforts in London and on the Continent.
He is Jonathan Gee and he will be joined by bassist Danilo Gallo and drummer Alessandro Minetto.
They all met at the Appenine Jazz Festival in Italy. They all write for the band. They have made an album, Cream of Mandarins, and this is their second season of touring together.
Jonathan's playing ranges from Evans restraint to Tyner opulence - it's good to have him back.
Gee Gallo Minetto play the mac on Saturday from 8pm, tickets are £9 (£6) from 0121 440 3838 or from www.macarts.co.uk
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