Jazz musicians and promoters must like their Easter eggs, because their concentration is certainly not on business this week.
So while the ever-dependable Bearwood Corks Club and Stratford Jazz have their regular sessions (Thursday and Sunday respectively), for the rest of the time why not settle down with a copy of the Cheltenham Festivals' Jazz 08 brochure and plan ahead.
Cheltenham is now clearly the best festival in the country, combining the focus of Brecon with the range of London, and there are more than a few reasons to get excited by its programme this year.
Top of my pulse-accelerator list is Baltimore-born, now Seattle-based guitarist Bill Frisell.
Quite how Bill moved from being the eccentric in the outfield where jazz meets rock meets country meets Americana meets nearly every other kind of music to a kingpin of contemporary jazz can only be explained in these terms - he stayed where he was and slowly modern jazz and its listeners' tastes relocated to his neighbourhood.
For Cheltenham, he is bringing his new quintet - Chris Cheek on saxophone and clarinet, Larry Grenadier on bass, Ron Miles on cornet and Rudy Royston on drums. They play in the Everyman Theatre on the evening of Sunday, May 4.
Next to make this heart go boom-boody-boom is master of the beat Jack DeJohnette.
The drummer makes a rare outing as a solo performer earlier the same day, also in the Everyman Theatre. On the bank holiday Monday morning he will hold a master class in the Town Hall - will ever quite so many drummer palms be quite so sweaty in one place, I wonder?
Young Birmingham jazz artists always get a good look in at Cheltenham, a sign of how astute the Cheltenham scouts are as well as how strong the city's jazz scene is in the 21st century.
On Wednesday, April 30, Sara Colman will be aiding the digestion of the diners at The Daffodil, the lovely little art deco cinema that is now a classy eatery, and the TG Collective will be doing the same a day later.
Soweto Kinch will be giving us more of his Basement Fables at the Everyman late on Saturday night, May 3, and rising star Dan Nicholls will be leading from the keyboards at the Town Hall's Pillar Room on Sunday lunchtime, May 4.
Earlier that morning Birmingham's Destroyers will ensure the breakfast bacon sarnie has the right amount of sauce.
Other excitement is generated by Italian piano/trumpet duo Stefano Bollani and Enrico Rava, the American free funk of Tim Berne's Science Friction, more New York thrills from drummer Bobby Previte and his band, and Ralph Alessi and his (including John's son Ravi Coltrane), while from Cuba comes a bright new pianist, Roberto Fonseca.
And there is loads more, from Eartha Kitt to Van Morrison, the BBC Big Big Band to Cleo and John.
Booking is already open, and I'm sure the hotels are filling fast, so plan our visit now with the aid of a look at cheltenhamfestivals.com or a call to the box office on 01242 227979.
The HSBC Cheltenham Festivals' Jazz 08 runs from April 29 to May 5.
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