Now that's what I call a jam session! Eleven of the finest British jazz musicians playing in a beautiful garden setting.... An appreciative, jazz loving crowd and a balmy summer's evening.... Well it was a little cold, but what the heck, the music was sensational and the band and audience had a great time. Too many highlights to really do justice, but Val Wiseman was on fine form with 'All of Me' and standout songs from the Digby Fairweather-led band included 'Avalon', 'Robbin's Nest' and 'The Hucklebuck'.
Today is your last chance to catch the Grammy award nominated saxophonist Greg Abate. He'll be playing with the John Patrick Trio at Touchwood in Solihull, at 5pm, and at Birmingham's Wine Republic, at 8pm.
Also, make sure you check out the incredible Dutch swing guitarist Nomy Rosenberg, who's playing two shows today. A direct descendent of the legendary Django Reinhardt, Nomy has been overshadowed until recently by his older brother, Jimmy. As a member of his teenage band, Nomy performed at Carnegie Hall and shared stages with the likes of George Benson, Stevie Wonder and Eric Clapton. The Jazz Festival, however, sees the Nomy Rosenberg Trio performing in the UK for the very first time. They'll be playing Taste of Birmingham at 12pm today (£10/£12) and for free at the Water's Edge Bandstand, Brindley Place, at 5pm.