Deep blues vary from indigo to navy, but there is another understanding of the blues; soulful saxophones and titillating trumpets. If Jelly Roll Morton and Billie Holliday were among your favourites then July is where your summer starts. From New Orleans to new world, Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival makes its smooth return, and they're taking over eighty venues across the city.
Starcity's line up
Shake, rattle and roll your way down to most of the free events and that's your entertainment sorted for the day. Birmingham City Council has welcomed the festival back with open arms, and when it's free admission you can't complain. The festival will be showcasing the best in jazz and blues this side of the Midlands including Starcity, Sarehole Mill and Botanical Gardens. A full list of event locations can be found on the website.
This year's festival is paying homage to the relationship between Hollywood and music, and jitterbug Shanghai-style, but there are a number of acts you won't want to miss. Artists are flying in from across the globe to perform at the festival: Canadian Melissa Lauren, Spanish Potato Head Jazz Band, and Lithuanian Giedre kilčiauskienė and Andrej Polevikov are among the other 180 performers making music.
Start clicking in time to that beautiful beat, whistling along to the regular sound of cymbals and percussion because jazz and the blues never sounded so good.