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by David Vincent (subscribe)
Occasional blogger and sometimes freelance writer, hammering away in the West Midlands.
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Jazz it up throughout November and December
Jazzlines, Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall's jazz performance and education programme, has a great run of shows lined up between now and Christmas and they're all absolutely FREE!

piera onacko, jazz

Friday 6 November 2015: Piera Onacko Septet
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

21-year-old composer and pianiest Piera is joined by Ben Muirhead (Bass), Max Tomlinson (Drums), Lucinda Fosker (Vocals), Claude Pieterson (Saxophone), Allan Young (Guitar) and Ben Lee (Guitar),

Philip Clouts Quartet, jazzlines

Friday 13 November 2015: Philip Clouts Quartet
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

Cape Town-born Clouts fuses the sounds of South African Townships, gospel-influenced soul jazz, Cuban guaguanco rhythms, Middle Eastern praise songs and more. His latest album, the recently released Umoya (Odradek Records), is described as a "light-stepping jazz fusion" (Guardian). And if you were wondering, 'Umoya' is Zulu for 'life force', 'soul' or 'spirit'.

Chris 'Beebe' Aldridge, jazzlines

Tuesday 17 November 2015: Chris 'Beebe' Aldridge
The Jam House, Hockley, Birmingham, 8:30pm

Funky, R&B influenced jazz from the West Mids-based saxophonist who has toured and played with US3, Geno Washington, Jaki Graham, John Dankworth, Victor Mendoza, Surinder Sandhu, Edwin Starr, Climax Blues Band and Blue.

Nick Dewhurst, jazzlines

Friday 20 November 2015: Nick Dewhurst Band
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

Dewhurst's hard bop influenced quintet formed only this year for a show at the Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival back in June. Joining Nick (Trumpet & Flugelhorn) are Callum Roxburgh (Tenor Sax), Tom Lindsay (Piano/Keys), Tom Moore (Electric/Double Bass) and Carl Hemmingsley (Drums). Among Nick's other bands are funk/ jazz/ blues combo Funktional

dee byrne, entropi, jazzlines

Friday 27 November 2015: Entropi
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

Space jazz quintet from composer/ sax player Dee Byrne, whose other projects include Deemer, Saxoctopus, and Word Of Mouth. Entropi's self-titled debut album is out now via F-ire Presents. "The constant shifts between a playful groove and melodic thoughtfulness keeps the ear engaged," reckons jazz blog, Bird Is The Word.

Thursday 3 December 2015: Nearly Hot Club Five
Bramall Music Building Foyer, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Bham, 5pm

As the name suggests, the band draws on the music of the revered Hot Club de France and gypsy jazz icon Django Reinhardt. With TG Collective guitarists Sam Slater and Jamie Fekete, Gonimoblast's Chris Mapp (bass) and Percy Pursglove (trumpet).

Friday 4 December 2015: Urban Soul Family
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

Musical collective featuring musicians from a Gospel music background alongside a classically trained jazz flautist and a jazz saxophonist. Expect soulful funky grooves from the combo who played Mostly Jazz Folk & Blues Festival earlier this year.

Friday 11 December 2015: Sam Coombes Trio
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

Fresh from his appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival, alto saxophonist Sam Coombes arrives to promote his new funk-infected post-bop Pace of Change album, the fourth under his own name, and the first with his trio.

notebenders, jazzlines

Friday 18 December 2015: The Notebenders
Symphony Hall Cafe Bar, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, 5pm

A pre-Christmas treat from the band inspired by the late Andy Hamilton, the Jamaican-born and later Birmingham-based jazz musician, who continued to grace the city's stages right up to him sad passing in 2012, aged 94. Members of The Notebenders "hail from all sections of the diverse and dynamic communities of the City of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region. They are a true representation of crossing and breaking down barriers through music."

Look out for more free Jazzlines concerts coming soon in 2016.
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Why? Great contemporary jazz ... and it's all free
When: From 6 November to 18 December
Cost: Free
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