It’s a week to celebrate all the more modest jazz activity that goes on around the city and the region, a lot of it in pubs, much of it at no charge to the punter.
* Tonight Steve Ajao and his quartet are Andy Hamilton’s Bearwood Jazz guests at Bearwood Corks Club. The fun starts around 9pm (doors open at 8.30pm) and entry is £4. For directions to the venue, go to bearwoodjazz.co.uk
* Meanwhile, those wanting to hear jazz at the cutting edge with some strenuous rock overtones should head for Birmingham city centre and take a stride to the Yardbird, in the shadow of Birmingham Central Library, where trumpeter Sam Wooster’s new band Husk will be unclogging the unsuspecting ear at the regular Cobweb Collective session. It all gets going about 9pm, and is free.
* On Friday there is only one place to start. Saxophonist Chris Gumbley brings his Cannonball Adderley Project to the Rush Hour Blues at the Symphony Hall foyer bar. The music runs from 5.30pm to 7pm, though if you want a seat you’d better get there well before time. This one is free.
* Fans of the classic big band repertoire should then head out to Lichfield to hear the Four Oaks Big Band at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre. Start time is 7.30pm, tickets are £12.50 and you can book them at lichfieldgarrick.com or on 01543 412121.
* Sunday is a full day with lunchtime jazz at The Public, courtesy of the Mike Burney Quartet – it starts at 1pm and is free – and a choice of evening fare south of the city.
* In Stratford-Upon-Avon a quartet led by Pete Harris on guitar and including Pete Harris on piano with that Rolls-Royce engine room of Ben Markland on bass and Neil Bullock on drums. Stratford Jazz meets at The Chapel in Shakespeare Street and entry is £6 on the door from 8pm. More at stratfordjazz.co.uk
* Meanwhile, at the Coventry Arts Centre, three former Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band members plus a friend. They go by the name Three Bonzos And A Piano, and Roger Ruskin Spear and Rodney Slater on saxophones and other stuff, Sam Spoons and drums and, er, spoons with Dave Glasson on piano. They are also expecting a guest appearance by Andy Roberts on guitar.
They are in the WAC Theatre from 7.30pm and tickets are £17.50 from warwickartscentre.org or on 024 7652 4524.
* On Monday saxophonist Tomasso Starace is with the Paul Sawtell trio at Bolehill Manor in Tamworth. It starts at 8:30pm and you can find out more on 01827 58654.
Finally, Tuesday has become jazz night at The Spotted Dog in Warwick Street, Birmingham B12. The music starts after 8pm and entry is free.