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Jazz at the Spotted Dog
104 Warwick Street, B12 0NH Birmingham, United Kingdom
The return of Spotted Dog Big Band Day! FOUR big bands for your listening pleasure, on a Sunday afternoon in the legendary Spotted Dog beer garden. For just £5 entrance you can see (in order of appearance):
2:00 — The Notebenders
This Birmingham institution, originally founded by the renowned and much-missed Andy Hamilton, are kicking off proceedings on the afternoon. Band members hail from all sections of the diverse and dynamic communities of the City of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. They are a true representation of crossing and breaking down barriers through music. Led by Spotted Dog favourites Andy Bunting and Elliot Drew, we couldn't think of any better way to get started!
3:15 — Kinda Dukish
Led by Birmingham saxophonist Mike Fletcher Snr, this 16-piece band is dedicated to the incredible repertoire of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, right through from the early 20s tunes, the standards from the 40s, and the suites from the 1970s.
4:30 — University of Birmingham Big Band
Conducted by some unknown geezer called Jonathan Silk, the UoB Big Band play a wide range of contemporary jazz orchestra music, including Maria Schneider, Bob Brookmeyer and Kenny Wheeler. This year they have have also been playing alongside such international luminaries as Bobby Shew and Stan Sulzmann.
5:45 — Three Step Manorchestra
A world premiere to finish proceedings in the garden, as funk trio Three Step Manoeuvre join forces with members of the Birmingham Jazz Orchestra in a collaboration that critics are already describing as «impossibly ungainly» and «unnecessarily self-indulgent.»
And as if that wasn't enough excitement, our two favourite ex-jazzers turned Michelin-starred chefs Trystan-Ross Williams and Claude Pietersen will be manning the barbeque all afternoon.
See you there!