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Jazz, Folk and World Music - For No Money
Free music is on offer at Birmingham Symphony Hall Cafe Bar during October.
Raising the temperature: Sam Slater's Nearly Hot Club Four (pic: www.thsh.co.uk)
The month-long series of shows begin at 5pm on Friday, October 4, with jazz quartet Sam Slater's Nearly Hot Club Four. Drawing on the music of Hot Club de France and Django Reinhardt, the band features guitarist Sam Slater, bassist Chris Mapp, trumpeter Percy Pursglove and saxophonist/ clarinetist Lluis Mather.
There is more jazz on Friday, October 11 (5pm) with Irish bassist Mick Coady and his Synergy quartet featuring David Binney from the creative New York scene.
World Music takes centre stage at 1pm on Saturday, October 12. Tabla player Rishii Chowdhury joins sitar artist Jasdeep Singh Degum and vocalist and instrumentalist Kaviraj Singh Dhadyalla for a performance of Indian classical music.
On Thursday, October 17, at 5.30pm, World and Folk Music combine in a show by K'antu. The ensemble, whose members are all Conservatoire educated, are influenced by the music of South America and use some less well known instruments to perform early and renaissance music. Singers Ruth Hopkins and Sarah Langdon play violin, recorder, crumhorn and cornett, while tenors Ben Rose and Ben Mitchell contribute hammered dulcimer and baroque guitar. The line-up is completed by Andrew Hopper (bass, gamba and recorder), Tymoteusz Jozwiak (bass and percussion) and Mihaly Benko (archlute).
Jazz returns on Friday, October 18 (5pm). Crowd-pleaser Steve Clayton has revived his original band, The 44s, for an afternoon of blues and boogie woogie. Steve is now based in Germany but any return to his home city of Birmingham is something to savour.
More homegrown jazz can be enjoyed at 1.30pm on Saturday, October 19, when The Notebenders continue their Sax in the City series. Founded by legendary jazz man Andy Hamilton, the Big Band features musicians from across Birmingham.
Jazz from Germany is on offer at 5pm on Friday, October 25.The Pablo Held Trio are a piano trio who are visiting Birmingham as part of the ECHO Rising Stars scheme which enables young artists to tour and perform at leading European concert halls.