Things get off to a happy start this week with the Sub Ensemble, playing for your enjoyment and for free at the Jam House tomorrow evening.
The band that started out as the Sugar Beats and still boasts most of the same personnel is ideally suited to a venue like this - there is room to dance should the mood take you, or just stand and nod that head if that is your style.
Look out for some very exciting piano solos from Rob Norman and some wild and woolly baritone sax from Colin Mills.
Added bonus is the addition of Sara Colman as vocalist on some of the songs. The sound of summer, whatever the weather might be like.
The Sub Ensemble play the Jam House in St Paul's Square from 9.30pm tomorrow evening. More at birminghamjazz.co.uk
* The Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra made a very good impression under the guidance of Mike Gibbs earlier in the year. Now they have the chance to shine again with New York-based drummer, composer and teacher John Hollenbeck calling the shots.
Hollenbeck has a very impressive CV, including work with the Bob Brookmeyer New Art Orchestra, his own Claudia Quintet which was a highlight of the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and his interests extend to klezmer and tango, too.
Hollenbeck will be working with the Conservatoire jazz students this week to prepare a concert on Thursday in the Adrian Boult Hall. The Conservatoire band will play arrangements of music taken from Hollenbeck's The Blessing and Joys and Desires albums, and there will also be a performance by a trio of Hollenbeck, singer Theo Bleckmann and keyboard player Gary Versace.
John Hollenbeck and the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Orchestra plus Theo Bleckmann and Gary Versace are at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, at 7.30pm on Thursday. Tickets are £6 from Central Library Ticket Shop 0121 303 2323 or on the door. More at birminghamjazz.co.uk
* If smaller group jazz is more your thing, a British jazz legend is at the Bearwood Corks Club on Thursday.
The great Bird disciple, and one of the finest alto players in the land, Peter King joins the Tony Richards Trio for a rare Midlands gig.
King is an astounding player with a long and illustrious history, who has been concentrating on some ambitious studio projects with original compositions, string quartets and the like over the last few years.
That means it's a real treat to have him back in a club and playing the old favourites again.
Peter King is Andy Hamilton and Blue Notes' guest at the Bearwood Corks Club in Bearwood on Thursday. Doors open at 8.30pm, the band starts at 9pm, and it's £4 to get in. More on bearwoodjazz.co.uk
* A sensational singer who pleases the jazz listener and far more people besides is Eska Mtungwazi (the name is Zimbabwean but Eska grew up in London).
As part of this year's BASS Festival, Eska brings her band to Concrete (formerly The Boiler Room) in Vyse Street in the Jewellery Quarter for a double bill with Jazzanova DJ from Germany.
Expect some soul and gospel overtones to the Mtungwazi formula of exuberant nu-jazz.
It's on Saturday, it's £10 to get in and doors open at 9pm. More at bassfestival. co.uk
* Finally, the full programme is now out for the 24th Birmingham International Jazz Festival (July 4-13). Lots of good stuff to talk about in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, look at birminghamjazzfestival.com
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