If you happen recently to have come across pictures of people with paper bags instead of heads on Facebook or Twitter, welcome to some spontaneous guerrilla reaction to the news that Bristol-based band Get The Blessing is playing at this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival.
That’s all happening once spring is properly established, but you can catch them long before that - tonight (Thursday) in fact.
The quartet, which includes Portishead’s bass and drums team, Jim Barr and Clive Deamer, is playing the Hare And Hounds in Kings Heath.
Saxophonist Jake McMurchie and trumpeter Pete Judge complete the band and all four have found a whole new way of bringing melody and rhythm together in a kind of 21st century jazz-rock-trip-hop fusion.
They will doubtless be playing music from their excellent new album Lope And Antilope. The gig starts at 8.30pm, tickets are £10 and you can find out more about this Jazzlines gig at thsh.co.uk/jazzlines
On Friday there are interesting “concept” gigs in Birmingham and Shrewsbury.
The Forgotten Fairground Project is a nine-piece jazz group with string quartet and vocals, masterminded by trumpeter Matt Gough and drummer Jonathan Silk.
The central piece is a Matt Gough composition taking its inspiration from childhood imagination.
The band includes Toby Boalch on piano and Gina Stalbrow on vocals.
Meanwhile at The Gateway in Shrewsbury saxophonist, composer and BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist Trish Clowes will be presenting Barbara Song.
This one takes Kurt Weill’s music and uses arrangements originally prepared for another British saxophonist, Barbara Thompson, hence the title. The arrangements are heavyweights Mike Westbrook, Richard Rodney Bennett, John Dankworth, Mike Gibbs and Barbara Thompson herself, and - how is this for a co-incidence? - Clowes also uses a string quartet.
Any distinctions between jazz and contemporary classical composition get blurred in this intriguing project.
It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £7.50. More at gatewayartsconcerts.co.uk
The excellent community big band The Notebenders is playing at The Drum in Aston on Saturday.
The multi-generational group of players was inspired by the late Andy Hamilton and grew out of practice and jam sessions at Ladywood Community Centre.
Trombonist Maurice Williams formalised the group as The Notebenders Big Band and they played their first gig at the Corks Club in 2007.
Now under the joint musical direction of John Fleming and Andy Bunting, The Notebenders tackle jazz standards and some of Andy Hamilton’s favourite tunes with flair and enthusiasm. Their performances are always an inspiration.
The concert starts at 7pm, tickets are £7 (£5 concessions) and there is more at the-drum.org.uk