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It's 'All That Jazz' in Birmingham as festival comes to town
Radio station Jazz FM is to broadcast a special show from Birmingham as part of a week-long festival dedicated to the popular foot-tapping music. Jazz FM's host Nigel Williams will broadcast his Saturday Show direct from Symphony Hall on Saturday 28 August to help celebrate the return of live jazz music to the B:Music venue. The show, which will feature interviews and performances, will be the culmination of Jazz Fest - a week of live jazz music in partnership with Jazz FM. Audiences will be able to enjoy free and low-cost performances at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth, on stage at Symphony Hall and in Symphony Hall's new Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space.

The week of music will showcase the full spectrum of jazz and includes performances from international touring artists to local community bands. Performers include Yazz Ahmed (Jazz FM's UK Jazz Act of the Year 2020), Warmer Than Blood and highly acclaimed, Birmingham-born jazz pianist Reuben James.

Xhosa Cole, Symphony Hall
Xhosa Cole performing at Symphony Hall. Credit Iza Korsak

Jazz Fest is being run in conjunction with the Jazzlines Summer School. with the Jazzlines programme boasting an alumni, including Jazz FM Awards 2020 Breakthrough Act of The Year winner Xhosa Cole. Anita Balla, Chair of B:Music's Board, said: "Jazz FM have been huge supporters of B:Music's jazz and talent development programme and I'm thrilled that they will be joining us in Birmingham to celebrate the incredible talent of this city later this month. Music we commissioned from black Birmingham jazz artists on the theme of racism premiered on their station last year and now young musicians taking part in this year's Summer School at Symphony Hall will have the opportunity to be part of the stations national broadcast. I can't wait to hear the best of Brum on the airwaves!"

Romarna Campbell, Symphony Hall
Romarna Campbell in live action. Credit Iza Korsak

Nigel Williams' Saturday Show is a four-hour programme which will feature the music of some of the best British jazz talent performing on stage at B:Music venue Symphony Hall. The show will be broadcast from 10am to 2pm and will then be available to listen to online for a month after the broadcast. Jazz FM's Content Director Nick Pitts said: "We're thrilled to be collaborating with B:Music to bring a fantastic array of talented artists to Jazz FM. Listeners will get the chance to hear performances from some of the best jazz musicians in the country at a time when they are emotional, thankful and excited to be performing in live music venues again." For more information about shows at Jazz Fest, please visit
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Why? Week-long jazz festival comes to Birmingham
When: Aug 23 to 28
Where: Symphony Hall, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA
Cost: Price of shows varies
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