The Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival is in full swing and there’s more amazing music to come with free concerts all this week and over the weekend.
Wednesday (25 July) sees the Chris Bowden Trio, fronted by the popular saxophonist and arranger, perform at Thimblemill Library, Smethwick, at 7.30pm.
On Thursday (26 July), Canada’s The Shuffle Demons bring their electrifying musical fusion to Queens Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich, at 12.30pm, followed by Blue Silk’s take on jazz and blues classics at Bleakhouse Library, Oldbury, at 7pm.
French quartet Les Zauto Stompers de Paris will be performing a lunchtime concert at Sandwell Arts Café, at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus, West Bromwich, at 12noon on Friday (27 July).
The highly entertaining Ricky Cool & The In Crowd bring their mix of rhythm and blues, ska, bluebeat and soul to West Bromwich Central Library at 7pm on Friday (27 July), with Grey Goose Blues Band thrilling audiences at Blackheath Library at 7pm on Saturday (28 July).
Manor House Museum in West Bromwich hosts the Bruce Adams Quartet, fronted by one of the best trumpeters around, at 2.30pm on Saturday (28 July), while The Rip Roaring Success offer hot jazz mixed with old-time country at Haden Hill House and Park, Cradley Heath, at 2pm on Sunday (29 July).
Central Library West Bromwich is showing jazz and blues-themed films at 3pm on weekdays and at 1pm on Saturday (28 July.)
All these events highlighted are free admission.
Councillor Steve Trow, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for culture and core council services, said: “Audiences are enjoying a wide variety of music at our libraries, museums and other venues across Sandwell, with a host of international and homegrown musicians.
“The festival fun continues all this week and over the weekend, it’s a great chance for people from Sandwell and the rest of the Black Country to enjoy entertaining performances close to home.”
You can also follow the festival on Twitter @birmjazzfest and using the #BSSJAZZ18 hashtag.