While many of the modern jazzers take a long break in August, the trad scene of New Orleans, Dixieland and other nostalgic forms of the music are still hard at work, as a glance at this week’s diary shows.
This is music that keeps calm and carries on, in pubs and clubs, in villages and suburbs, around the region.
The audience will often be of a certain age and have a foaming pint in one hand and a small white wine for the lady in the other, while the players might even model the occasional straw boater or jazzy braces.
Their dedication to keeping the music alive is an example to us all.
Tonight, for instance, in the Crown Inn, in Alrewas near Lichfield, The Washboard Syncopators will be getting back to basics. It starts at 8.30pm, is free and you can find out more on 01283 790328.
Also this evening, the Northfield British Legion club will be filled with the Zenith Hot Stompers doing their, well, stomping. Free again and also from 8.30pm. More on 0121 4753719.
On Wednesday, the long-standing Sutton Jazz Club plays host to the Savannah Jazz Band. The club meets at Sutton Coldfield FC in Coles Lane at 8.30pm, entry is £3 and there is more on 0121 3084660.
Over in Burton-on-Trent on Thursday, Burton Jazz offers Bill Bailey’s All Star Celebrity Band.
But, before Never Mind The Buzzcocks fans start getting excited, I should suggest this is more likely to be Derbyshire-based trad trumpeter Bill and his mates – all stars and celebrities in an equally valid parallel universe, to be sure.
Burton Jazz meets at Marstons Social Club, Shobnall Rd, Burton, entry is £7, it starts at 8.30pm and there is more on 01283 54815.
* Moving down the decades we arrive at the modern mainstream and one of its most illustrious Birmingham exponents, the nonagenarian Andy Hamilton MBE.
On Thursday, Andy hosts one of his regular Jam Nights at the Bearwood Corks Club. Andy has a lively band that includes pianist Tim Amann, and the jam sessions often attract some great players, both young and old.
Bearwood Corks Club is in Bearwood Road, the music starts at 9pm, entry is £5 and there is more at bearwoodjazz.co.uk
* The Symphony Hall foyer bar may be a less-bustling place in August but there is still succour for the frazzled office worker in Rush Hour Blues “on tour”, which has been moving around Brindleyplace for the past few weeks.
This Friday saxophonist Chris Aldridge and his band Beebe, which boasts Marcus Byrne on piano and Bryan Corbett on trumpet, is at the City Inn from 5.30pm till 7pm. Entry is free.
* Finally, on Sunday take in a Latin-flavoured band featuring Ray Butcher and Chris Bowden for free at The Scarlet Pimpernel, in Harborne, in the afternoon, before moving on to Stratford Jazz at the White Swan, Stratford, for 8pm when tenor man Pete Canter is doing the business. Entry is £5 and there is more at stratfordjazz.org.uk