B:JazzFest 2023

B:JazzFest 2023

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Posted 2023-07-19 by Tony Collinsfollow

Mon 07 Aug 2023 - Fri 11 Aug 2023

Birmingham continues to be the place to be for lovers of hot - or cool - jazz. Now in its third year, the B:JazzFest will take place at the city's renowned Symphony Hall in August. B:Music, the music charity responsible for Symphony Hall, has announced the full line-up for the jazz festival, which will take place from Monday 7 to Friday 11 August. Following on from the success of the festival over the last two years, the week of music will showcase an array of genres and includes performances from international touring artists to rising stars.

With a range of guest tutors in Birmingham for this year's B:Music Summer School, B:JazzFest will allow audiences to enjoy free and low-cost performances on stage at Symphony Hall and inside the venue's Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space and B:Eats. Alongside B:JazzFest, the B:Music Summer School returns in August, as Symphony Hall opens its doors once again to young musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. This year’s free, non-residential course will run from 7 to 11 August for young people aged between 11 and 19. Combining the summer school with the jazz festival means that B:Music can offer the chance for the young musicians to see and hear some of the best jazz talent in action, as well as learning alongside them.

Olivia Murphy starring with her jazz orchestra. Credit Ellie Koepke


B:JazzFest will present a series of live concerts at Symphony Hall over the course of five days. The artists announced for this year’s festival include headline shows from multi award-winning composer, conductor and improvisor Olivia Murphy with her jazz orchestra - an ensemble of 20 of the most exciting emerging improvisers and musicians from both the London and Birmingham creative music scenes. There is also a great deal of excitement around Birmingham’s very own drummer, composer and producer Romarna Campbell with her trio CHAOS.

The week-long celebration of jazz reflects the breadth that B:Music offers, giving a platform to early-career jazz musicians alongside international stars. This year’s programme opens with a free concert from Birmingham-based jazz pianist Juliane Deil, an artist who applied to perform at B:JazzFest through the open call for artists. International jazz artists such as Zambian-Scottish singer Gabriella Liandu and Australian-born singer Nishla Smith will be performing at B:JazzFest for the first time, and there is a welcome return of local superstar drummer Romarna Campbell in a concert which sees Romarna join forces with Mutale Chashi on electric bass and Cenk Essen on keys and piano to form their trio CHAOS.

Jazz pianist Gabriella Liandu


The concert on the final evening of the festival by K.O.G Sound System will provide something entirely different. K.O.G is a multi-dimensional creative force, combining fierce raps and singing across a massive vocal range alongside some memorable dance moves. Additional acts lined up for this year's programme include British musician, trumpeter, and flugelhorn player Charlotte Keeffe with her Right Here, Right Now Quartet. Also performing will be Shanty Town: A tribute to Ruth Kokumo Noah, David Ijaduola's Lucumi Project, alto and tenor saxophone player Claudia Canessa, and renowned innovator of modern IndoJazz Arun Ghosh.

The Romarna Campbell Trio, CHAOS


Tickets for B:JazzFest are available now at: https://bmusic.co.uk/bjazzfest/

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!date 07/08/2023 -- 11/08/2023
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