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Friday fun to brighten the autumn nights
Free jazz is on offer at a Birmingham city centre bar and restaurant.

Le Monde, Brindleyplace
Free jazz: Le Monde, Brindleyplace, Birmingham


Le Monde in Brindleyplace is set to host a weekly Friday night jazz and blues club in its bar.

The opening night on September 25 features blues singer and guitarist Brooks Williams, from Statesboro, Georgia.

Brooks Williams, Le Monde, Jazz, Brindleyplace Birmingham
First show: Brooks Williams


Brooks was placed at number 179 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 1000 best guitarists ever. Among the instruments that Brooks plays is a funky, seemingly home-made, Cigar Box Guitar – coincidentally built in Birmingham by Chickenbone John, who bills himself as The Godfather of The Cigar Box Guitar.

The free jazz gigs at Le Monde continue on October 2 with The Remi Harris Trio.

Remi Harris, Le Monde, Jazz, Brindleyplace Birmingham
Gypsy Swing: Remi Harris


Gifted 26-year-old Remi is regarded in the top handful of gypsy jazz guitarists in the UK and was named runner up in the 'Rising Star' category of the British Jazz Awards.

The Herefordshire-born musician has had a busy 2015, equalling the success of 2014 when he undertook a sell-out tour of Devon and Cornwall, appeared at the Brecon Jazz festival and performed at prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall.

His musical style blends traditional gypsy jazz and swing elements with blues, bebop, rock and popular melodies. Debut album, Ninick, received complimentary reviews from critics and jazz lovers alike. Digby Fairweather said that Remi was, ''Probably Britain's greatest jazz guitarist to emerge since Martin Taylor… a recorded debut which places Remi Harris securely in the front line of the world's finest jazz guitarists''.

The Whiskey Brothers perform at Le Monde on October 9.

The 'Brothers' - Richard Heath on vocals and mandolin and Gerry Smith on piano – are currently touring to promote their new album, Bottle Up and Go.

The Whiskey Brothers, Le Monde, Jazz, Brindleyplace Birmingham
One for the road: The Whiskey Brothers


They may hail from the Birmingham suburb of Kings Heath but they sound like the real deal when it comes to Blues from the Delta. They successfully recreate the music that was heard in the Honky Tonks and Juke joints of the Deep South, which travelled upriver to Chicago, laying the foundations for Urban Blues.

The Rumblestrutters, the jug band from Swansea in South Wales, play Le Monde on October 16. They delve back to the American bands of the 1920s and 1930s, bringing the authentic sound of the prohibition era to life with their youthful exuberance.

The Rumblestrutters, Le Monde, Jazz, Brindleyplace Birmingham
Jug band: The Rumblestrutters (pic: Paul Nicholas)


Started when Jon Toft (vocals, mandolin, banjo) found an ink jug at the back of an old cupboard, the acoustic three-piece features the virtuoso guitar-playing and voice of Jonathan Nicholas and Liam Ward on vocals, harmonica and jug.

Each Le Monde show runs from 6pm till 8.30pm and admission is free.

Gemma Meah, manager of Le Monde, said: "We had such fun with the live bands we presented here as part of this year's Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival, that we decided that we simply couldn't wait until next July, so we got together with the Festival organisers and this is the result".
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Why? Free music in stylish settings
When: Friday evenings from September 25
Phone: 0121 271 0600
Where: Le Monde, The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham
Cost: Free
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