Always on the lookout for new venues, and keen to mark the summer months by getting out and about, Birmingham Jazz stretches has begun to stretch its legs over the last few weeks and that trend will continue.
The new Thursday evening jazz series at the Mailbox, in collaboration with Birmingham Conservatoire is already a couple of sessions old.
Every Thursday between 6pm and 7.45pm you can hear some up and coming, home-grown jazz while sitting at one of the canalside bars at the back of the Mailbox. Aside from the cost of your cooling pint or cocktail, it'll cost you nothing.
Birmingham Conservatoire and Birmingham Jazz are booking the bands and the sessions will be a showcase for the best bands on the Birmingham scene, including student bands from the Conservatoire's jazz course.
And don't think for a moment that because these are student bands they might in some way by amateurish or inept - some of the hottest sounds around are coming from Birmingham's increasingly strong jazz students.
Tomorrow the group is the Andy Isherwood Quartet. Andy is an alto saxophonist who graduated this year and leads an excellent band in the style of Blue Note records.
They tried it last year and it worked, so it's back: Rush Hour Blues goes walkabout.
The free commuter series which has drawn burgeoning audiences to the Symphony Hall foyer bar, moves to Brindleyplace from Friday.
Tom Hill and the Straitjackets launch the summer season at
5.30pm at Le Petit Blanc, and there's an equally strong line-up each Friday until 2 September, all handpicked by Birmingham Jazz. They include Levi French and Screamin' Tree (29 July at City Inn) and Lizzy Parks and Band (19 August at City Inn).
Meanwhile over in Coventry they prefer a slightly later slot. At
8.30pm on Friday Jazz Coventry presents One Nation with Justine and Liz Ralls at the Belgrade Theatre Caf>. This one costs £4.
Also this week: Tonight: Joolz Gianni is at the Old Brown Jug, Newcastle-under-Lyme. Tomorrow: Tom Hill's ZZ Bop is at Bearwood Corks Club, in Bearwood, Birmingham Friday: The Simon Deeley Trio and guests are at the Bonded Warehouse in Stourbridge.
Saturday: The Albion Jazz Band from the US plays the Waterworks Club in Gough St, Birmingham. Sunday: The Swing Kings are at the Halesowen Cricket Club. Tuesday: The Mike Burney Duo play Starbucks Coffee Shop in Martineau Place as part of the afternoon series.