Running since 1985, Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is
England’s longest-established jazz and blues festival and one of Europe’s
biggest free jazz parties.

230 jazz and blues performances are taking place across 116 venues in the West Midlands.

Here’s what you can look forward to at The Lord Clifden.

SUNDAY 21ST JULY

LES ZAUTO STOMPERS DE PARIS [FRANCE]

The ever-popular quartet from Paris claim, with justice, that they play jazz classics and 1920s/1930s songs by the likes of Hoagy Carmichael and Walter Donaldson with plenty of swing, but also a touch of Gallic flair which extends far beyond the tricolour.

Time: 7:30pm. Free entry.

MONDAY 22ND JULY

THE WHISKEY BROTHERS

Fast becoming festival favourites at Birmingham, Big Bear recording artists the Whiskey Brothers are Richard Heath on vocals and mandolin and Gerry Smith on piano. In the mid-1990s they formed the Splinter Blues Band, but since 2012 they have worked as a duo.

Time: 7:30pm. Free entry.

BLUESDAY 23RD JULY

BOB WILSON AND HONEYBOY HICKLING

Returning to the Birmingham festival, Bob Wilson, guitarist with the Idle Race, Steve Gibbons, Ruby Turner and many top Birmingham blues and rock groups over the past decades, teams up with singer/harmonica player Simon ‘Honeyboy’ Hickling.

Time: 7:30pm. Free entry.

WEDNESDAY 24TH JULY

THE DIRTY RAGTIMERS [FRANCE]

When violinist/singer Heather Stewart relocated to Paris from Australia, she teamed up with guitarist Lucas Montagnier who has been described as ‘Paris’ premier authority on the folkloric roots of jazz.’ Together they are the Dirty Ragtimers.

Time: 7:30pm. Free entry.


SUNDAY 28TH JULY

TIPITINA

Last seen in Birmingham wowing the audience at the newly revived Henry’s Blueshouse at the Bull’s Head, Tipitina has long been a favourite at the festival. The band plays a unique take on the blues, barrelhouse, boogie and gospel of New Orleans.

Time: 7:30pm. Free entry.