The Birmingham International Jazz Festival is set to celebrate its first quarter of a century in the same way it started, with an All Star Jam Session.
Back in 1984 Birmingham-based independent record company Big Bear Records organised a jam session, in Cannon Hill Park, featuring the dozen top UK jazz musicians of the day. It was a sell-out, the recorded album won "Jazz Album of the Year" and before the sun went down, Big Bear and the City Council had agreed to launch the Jazz Festival the subsequent year.
So it is only to be expected that the main feature event of the 25th Birmingham International Jazz Festival will see another amazing array of the top British jazz talent, eleven of them, onstage together at The Botanical Gardens on Thursday 9th July at 7pm.
It has been many a year since such Jazz Galacticos, poll winners to a man, have been on one stage together. Digby Fairweather, Festival Patron and the only one of the Team of 1984 to play in this year's version, will lead affairs on trumpet, alongside Enrico Tomasso, also on trumpet, Robert Fowler and Art Themen, tenor saxophones, Mark Nightingale and Ian Batemen, trombones, Jim Hart, vibes, David Newton, piano, Dave Green, double bass, Ralph Salmins, drums and Val Wiseman, vocals.
Between them they have clocked up appearances alongside the biggest names in the music biz. Tickets are priced at £10 and available from 0121 454 7020 or 0121 454 1860.