Jazzlines, a programme of jazz performances in Birmingham run by Town Hall Symphony Hall along with Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam, has announced a series of gigs in the new year that showcases some of British jazz's young, innovative talent as well as international artists.
On the bill are the ever popular Troyka (truly one of the best live jazz acts I have ever seen), who's modern-day take on the organ trio draws has been a big draw on the UK jazz scene for years.
A newer but equally exciting group to be showcased is Sons of Kemet, led by reeds player Shabaka Hutchings. The unusual line-up of tenor/clarinet, tuba and two drummers makes for an interesting texture and their sound draws from an intriguing blend of rock, free jazz, New Orleans street music and African polyrhythms.
Norwegian ECM artist Tord Gustavsen will also be bringing his piano trio to Birmingham. This group takes the typical ECM sound, but gives it new life though gospel-tinged harmony and loping rock grooves.
Saturday 18 January: Empirical with Benyounes Quartet – CBSO Centre
Thursday 30 January: Troyka – Hare & Hounds
Friday 14 February: Tim Berne, Jim Black and Nels Cline – CBSO Centre
Thursday 6 March: Get The Blessing – Hare & Hounds
Friday 14 March: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble – CBSO Centre
Thursday 24 April: Sons Of Kemet – Hare & Hounds
Thursday 29 May: ESKA – Hare & Hounds
For more information on Jazzlines, follow this link