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1000 Trades to host the Birmingham Jazz Festival: acts for May to appear include Ineza, Emma Rawicz and Trish Clowes

Christine Tobin, Alyson Cawley, Emma Rawicz, Me & 3, Rebecca Wing, J. A. M. Trio, Josephine Davies and Trish Clowes are among the array of acts taking part at next month's Birmingham Jazz Festival at 1000 Trades in Birmingham's Jewellery Quartet. …

Published: 10 Apr 2023. Updated: 15 months.

Christine Tobin, Alyson Cawley, Emma Rawicz, Me & 3, Rebecca Wing, J. A. M. Trio, Josephine Davies and Trish Clowes are among the array of acts taking part at next month's Birmingham Jazz Festival at 1000 Trades in Birmingham's Jewellery Quartet. Giulia Marro, Kate Luxmoore and Ineza are also taking part in the weekender which focuses on women jazz musicians and women led groups. Weekend passes are £70 with daily passes for £30 on Friday and Sunday, £40 on Saturday. Dates are 12-14 May: click for full details. Ineza, top

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Andy Davies, Nigel Price, Mirko Scarcia, Saleem Rahman - Ronnie's hard bop jam ***1/2

''I was unwise with eyes unable to see:'' (Lorenz Hart). The Andy Davies rendition of Rodgers and Hart classic 1930s song 'Falling in Love With Love' a song pride of Swansea Andy often plays - confirmed Dorhamite Davies is probably deferential in …

Published: 10 Apr 2023. Updated: 15 months.

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''I was unwise with eyes unable to see:'' (Lorenz Hart). The Andy Davies rendition of Rodgers and Hart classic 1930s song 'Falling in Love With Love' a song pride of Swansea Andy often plays - confirmed Dorhamite Davies is probably deferential in his head in the direction of the 1957 Kenny Dorham Jazz Contrasts version given his own low toned dexterity. But these days Davies has made the song his own in the context of the ever burgeoning London jazz club domain where he plays a lot across the Soho clubs including over at the Boulevard. Chatting to Andy stood in the middle of Frith Street speaking to marlbank and a polite member of the street choir, the local panhandling community, as our Vanorak thoughts turned to 'Blue Money' before the gig, the Welshman reminisced, his eyes lighting up without being at all performative, about playing with the great JD Allen there over at the Walker's Court spot recently. Here co-leading with Nigel Price where there's a Wes there's always a way in his noodlingly somersaulting digits but for once outclassed harmonically over on the other side of the dimly lit stand by the bass playing Cinderella who certainly went to the ball because Italian boffin of the beat Mirko Scarcia all scorchio tastefully ascended into the Oscar Pettiford altitude. When Saleem Rahman eventually arrived - had he got stuck in a tunnel somewhere? - everything felt right and Andy when he switched to flugel hit sweet spot after soft centre locating the tonal bull's eye time after time.

  • continues on Wednesday, Davies co-leading with Liam Stevens. Tickets