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Great performances for no money
As the Credit Crunch bites it's good to get something for nothing so make the most of the free music on offer at Birmingham Symphony Hall Cafe Bar.
Arresting: Robbie Moore's Cop Music
On Friday September 6 at 5pm there's an arresting performance by Robbie Moore's Cop Music who add a jazz funk groove to the music of The Police. It's the first show of Birmingham Town Hall/ Symphony Hall Jazzlines autumn series, a programme of live performances and education projects from jazz producers Tony Dudley-Evans and Mary Wakelam.
The free Jazzlines shows continue at 5pm on Friday September 13 when Patsy Fuller and The Revelators take to the stage. Patsy is well known for her smooth and sassy hip-jazz and swing fused with funky Delta and Chicago blues. Her band, The Revelators, consists of James Crosdale, Hugh Graham, Sam Rogers and David Grey.
String theory: The Elysian Quartet
The following day, Saturday September 14, string quartet The Elysian Quartet take part in a free Family Musical Picnic at 10.30am. This exciting contemporary group plan to demonstrate just how many different sounds you can get from string instruments when they are strummed, plucked, struck and slapped.
On Saturday September 21, at 1.30pm, it's the turn of The Notebenders to entertain at Symphony Hall Cafe Bar as they launch their Sax In The City series of shows. Founded by legendary jazz musician Andy Hamilton, this diverse and dynamic collective have a fun and uplifting sound, performing both new and classic material.
Hard Bop: Simon Spillett
There is more free jazz on Friday September 27 at 5pm. The Simon Spillett Quartet – saxophonist Simon Spillett, pianist Keith Bill, bassist Tom Hill and drummer Miles Levin – draw strongly on the work of 60s sax player Tubby Hayes but create their own hard bop jazz style.