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Jazz and chocolate - a great combination
The sweet sound of jazz will be heard at Cadbury World on Saturday, July 13, when The Dixie Strollers perform for visitors to the Bournville attraction.
The seven-piece band, made up of students from two of London's leading music conservatories, will give three concerts in the Cadbury World marquee from 12pm as part of Birmingham's International Jazz and Blues Festival.
Their quirky 1920s – 1950s New Orleans-style music has seen them play at some of London's major jazz venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, and the 606 Jazz Club, as well as at the London Jazz Festival and Royal Albert Hall.
The band boasts a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a four-piece rhythm section. They cite the likes of the Alex Welsh Band, Jelly Roll Morton and Louis Armstrong as major musical influences.
Following their Cadbury World appearance The Dixie Strollers will perform on Bournville Village Green at 5pm and The Sacks of Potatoes, Gosta Green, at 8pm.
The Jazz Festival launches on Friday July 5 and runs until July 14. Around 100,000 music lovers are expected to attend the 210 performance held in 86 venues. The festival will feature 391 musicians in 77 bands/combos from the UK, Argentina, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Spain and USA. Also taking part are 19 poets and six Chinese dancers, with four jazz-related movies screened at the Electric cinema, the MAC and Vue, Star City.
Chinese dancers, the Jitterbug Squad, prepare for their festival appearance