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Black History Month - Birmingham Jazz


1000 Trades, 16 Frederick St , Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 3HE


04 Oct 2024 - 27 Oct 2024

| Doors open: 7:45 PM

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This is our contribution to 2024 Black History Month (BHM) with a series of Jazz

Events that reflect the 2024 BHM theme of "Reclaiming Narratives", acknowledging

& appreciating the myriad contributions of Black individuals throughout history. Over

the month we will present one gig a week culminating in a short festival over 3 days.

Significant Jazz musicians will be celebrated, two new pieces of work commissioned

& an anti-slavery suite delivered by a mix of local, national & international stars.

Headline: Sound Reasoning

Basil Hodge

Friday 4th October 2024 7.45pm

Venue 1000 Trades

Pianist and composer Basil has been a mainstay of the Brutish Jazz scene since

the early nineties. He brings his popular and powerful quartet to the Jewellery

Quarter. Basil's interest in music and the piano started at junior school. His

quest to become a jazz musician started in earnest when he undertook classical

piano lessons from a local teacher for a few years. He then went on to have

private lessons with jazz pianist/composer Tim Richards from 1986 - 89. He

rounded of his training at Goldsmiths College London in 1991.

Line Up: Basil Hodge - Piano, Tony Kofi - Saxophones, Oli Hayhurst - Double

Bass & Winston Clifford- Drums

Headline: Township Jazz

Adam Glasser Quartet

Friday 11th October 2024 7.45pm

Venue 1000 Trades

South African harmonica player, pianist and educator Adam Glasser is known

internationally as a specialist in township jazz and chromatic harmonica. One of the

few remaining veteran UK based exponents of South African township jazz, he toured and recorded with Dudu Pukwana in the mid 80s, played keyboard for Pinise

Saul's SA Gospel Singers, was for 16 years musical director of legendary SA vocal

group The Manhattan Brothers. He has released two critically acclaimed albums - 'Free at First' (2010 South African Music Award Best Modern Jazz Album)

and & 'Mzansi' (nominated 2012 SAMA Best Jazz Album), headlined Brecon Jazz

Festival and performed often at Ronnie Scott's. 

Line Up: Adam Glasser - harmonica & piano, Ant Law - guitar, Steve Watts - bass

& Corrie Dick - drums

Headline: Organ Trio

Nigel Price

Friday 18th October 2024 7.45pm

Venue 1000 Trades

The Nigel Price Organ Trio, nominated for the 2021 Parliamentary Jazz Award for

'Best Ensemble' (they won in 2010) and winners of the 2016 British Jazz Award for

'Best Small Group' will be playing selections from their vast back catalogue as well

as the recently released and critically acclaimed album 'That's it. Right there.'. Nigel

is known for his clear, no nonsense, driving approach to jazz guitar and has steadily

become one of the UK's foremost exponents of the instrument. Ross Stanley is not

only one of the greatest ever UK musicians, he also plays a real B3 Hammond

Organ complete with 2 Leslie speakers. Joel Barford is the man of the moment and

has been causing a stir across the UK and further afield with his incredible drumming

ability. Together they form perhaps the most hard hitting, dynamic and exciting jazz

groups on the scene today.

Line Up: Nigel Price - Guitar, Ross Stanley - Hammond Organ & Joel Barford -


Headline: FreeMonk

Xhosa Cole

Friday 25th October 2024 5.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

A new project from local jazz hero. His lifetime fascination with the work of

Thelonious Monk has led to this reimagining of some of Monks iconic tunes. For this

gig it will be also a new line up with a duo of Xhosa with mature pianist virtuoso Pat

Thomas, a central figure in British & European improvised music.

Line Up : Xhosa Cole - sax & Pat Thomas - piano

Headline: Ineza

Friday 25th October 2024 8.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

Line Up: Ineza - voice, Alex Webb - piano & Rosie Turton - Trombone

Headline: Lucy-Anne Daniels

Saturday 26th October 2024 2.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

Headline: Glowseeker


Saturday 26th October 2024 5.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

David is developing a new commission for the festival, using a mixture of

arrangements and original compositions; all on a theme of Cuban Jazz. 'A joyful exploration of Cuban music and the songs of the legendary Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer'.

Line Up: David Austin-Grey - Piano/keyboard, Josh Vadiveloo - bass, Matt Holmes - drums

Headline: Revelations in Small Steps

Byron Wallen

Saturday 26th October 2024 8.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

Back in 2019 Filthy Lucre commissioned Byron to write music for 8 musicians

responding to Peter Shenai's 'Hurricane Bells'. Peter is a contemporary artist who

has cast 5 bells, whose shapes are modelled on the structure of Hurricane Katrina-

the storm that devastated New Orleans in 2005. These cyclonic, irregularly

shaped bells produce a tonally complex web of sounds reminiscent of Chinese bells

and gongs. 

Gong instruments in general, have this amazing political and communicative power:

they memorialize, they mark celebrations, they sound alarms, they call communities

to gather around important issues. These bells based on the structure

of Hurricane Katrina carry a powerful message and set of meanings with them.

This piece is an exploration of the socio-political economic climate where their

sound resonates. The reason 'Hurricane Katrina' incurred such a huge loss of life

and destruction was not because of the winds, but because of the subsequent

flooding, due to insufficient levy infrastructure and the pathetic response of the US

federal government.

Line Up: Byron Wallen - trumpet, Daniel Kempshell - Guitar, Jonny Mansfield -

Vibes, Menelick Claffey - Bass & Zoe Pascal - Drums

Headline: From Scratch

Sunday 27th October 2024 2.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

From Scratch is a band that started literally from scratch following the initiative of

Birmingham Jazz; to play one of our Club Nights. From Scratch is led by two

musicians emerging from the Andy Hamilton's Blue Notes: Mark Hamilton, his son

on saxes and Ralf DeCambre on guitar. For this gig they will be performing a

commission to recreate the seminal work of Joe Harriott's Hum Dono -with the front

line up of sax and guitar.

Headline: Just Us

Larry Bartley/Bruno Heinen/Winston Clifford

Sunday 27th October 2024 5.00pm

Venue 1000 Trades

Larry Bartley is a bassist/composer who has been a staple of the London &

international jazz scene since the 1990s, and has played and/or recorded in the

bands of: Abdullah Ibrahim, Denys Baptiste, Steve Williamson, Courtney Pine, Bheki

Mseleku, Ingrid laugbrock, Jean Toussaint, Chris Briscoe, Basil Hodge, Adrian Reid

(Jazz Warriors) Stanley Turrentine, Steve Grossman, Bennie Maupin, Harold

Mabern, Chico Freeman, Donald Brown (of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), David

Murray, Orinn Evans, Gary Bartz, Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra, Byron

Wallen's 'Indigo' and Jason Yarde's 'Trio Wah!' Larry currently works with a trio of

pianist Bruno Heinen and drummer Winston Clifford, playing a mixture of original

compositions written by each member of the group.

Line Up: Larry Bartley - bass, Bruno Heinen - piano & Winston Clifford - drums

"I was at the CD launch last night of 'Beauty in the Hidious' by Larry Bartley and

Just Us at The Crypt Camberwell. They will be playing just for you on 28th March in

Birmingham at the Red Lion. When you see and hear them it is difficult to believe

they are just human beings. Over the last fifty years I have listened to some

awesome music and last night was up there. They are so special - DONT MISS

THEM YOU WILL REGRET IT. The mix of Larry's complex rhythms, melodies and

counter melodies played full on ensemble style was truly beautiful to hear... One of

the gigs of the century." - Phil Rose, Birmingham Jazz.