In a break with tradition let's make no reference at all to bass-player and band leader Kyle Eastwood's father.

Let's concentrate instead on his talent for making highly immediate and approachable electro-acoustic jazz that manages to please both the mainstreamers and the fusionists.

Andrew McCormack is a particular strength on keyboards but the whole band is solid and has the tight feel of a regularly gigging outfit.

The Kyle Eastwood Band plays the Hare and Hounds in Kings Heath Tuesday evening at 8.30pm. It's £6 to get in and this is a Birmingham Jazz gig.

There's more on and there are links there to buy tickets and to venue details.


The BBC Big Band's link with Birmingham Town Hall as associate artists reaches the end of its first season with a live recording for Radio 2's Big Band Special on Friday evening at 7.30pm.

Clare Teal switches from programme presenter to star singer with the band, along with Peter Grant.

Both singers have albums to promote - Grant's is called New Vintage, Teal's is Get Happy - and both thrive in this company where all the glamour and guts of the big band era can be relived.

Tickets range from £12.50 up to £19.50, and are available from 0121 780 3333 or from


Why not make a full evening of it on Friday by taking in the free Rush Hour Blues session over in Symphony Hall's foyer bar?

This week it's the turn of Frank Moon's Desert Groove Ensemble.

Moon plays guitar and oud and will be familiar to all those who have seen The Destroyers. Also in the Desert Groove Ensemble is the equally busy Mike Fletcher on saxophone.

Both players have a Birmingham Conservatoire background and are members of the Cobweb Collective.

Expect North African desert grooves and some blissed-out moods. The perfect stress-buster. If you want to do a little research go to and if you want to hear what it sounds like, be at the bar from 5.30pm on Friday.


Get back to the same bar on Saturday at 12.30pm for Sax in the City lunchtime jazz, courtesy of Andy Hamilton and the Blue Notes. Cheaper than shopping and much more satisfying.

On Saturday evening the Waterworks Jazz Club holds one of its regular sessions.

Providing the swing in the United Servicemen's Club (Gough St, across the Queensway from the Alexandra Theatre) will be the Antique Six augmented by American pianist, singer and raconteur Jeff Barnhart.

It's just £8 for non-members, starts at 8.30pm and there are more details on 0121 354 6059 or 0121 475 4461.

Down in Stratford upon Avon on Sunday evening, bassist Tom Hill puts the ZeeZee into Bop with Craig Milverton on piano, Nick Millward on drums and Ian Ellis on saxophone. Stratford Jazz meet at the White Swan, Rother Street, and there is more information on 01789 297022 or at

It starts at 8pm.

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