‘Incredible’ musicians to perform at Sandwell as jazz festival returns

Launch of the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival, the Mayor of Sandwell, Councilor Richard Jones, with the Siomon Spillett Quartet, at the Wednesbury Museum & Art Gallery.

The Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival – now in its 38th year – kicked off on Friday and will run until July 24, with 19 performances.

And most of the shows – at various venues around the borough – will be free, and many will also be streamed live for those who can’t attend in person.

Councilor Kerrie Carmichael, leader of the Sandwell Council which supports the festival, said: “This summer is so exciting with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Jazz Festival fast approaching. These international events will show on the world stage. what a proud, friendly and diverse place Sandwell is.

“It’s the perfect time to shine a light on our rich diversity, culture and heritage and celebrate Sandwell as a bostin’ place that is home to bostin’ people.”

The Simon Spillett Quartet kicked off at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, followed by The Shufflepack at Lightwoods Park Bandstand in Bearwood, before finishing with Alan Barnes and Dave Newton and West Bromwich Central Library.

On Saturday, Florence Joelle will perform at the Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery while New Street Authors – and later BD Lenz from the USA – will perform at the Blackheath Library.

A day later the Shakedown Brothers will perform at Bromwich Hall (Manor House) in Stone Cross, followed by The Shufflepack at the Thimblemill Library in Smethwick.

The Chris Bowden Quartet will perform at Great Bridge Library on July 18, with Grandma’s Biscuit Tin at Cradley Heath Library on July 20, Playing Django at Great Barr Library on July 21 and Apex Jazz and Swing Band at Bleakhouse Library in Oldbury July 22.

Other acts include Val Wiseman at Wednesbury Library on July 23, The Nitecrawlers at Haden Hill House in Cradley Heath on July 24 followed by John Hemming and The Jazz Lobbyists at Oak House Museum in West Bromwich on the same day.

Meanwhile, the Neil Coley Big Bang will perform at the Central Library in West Bromwich with tickets costing £10.

Councilor Laura Rollins, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said: “The festival will be a true showcase of talent, bringing high quality entertainment to our communities for all to enjoy.”

Visit www.sandwell.gov.uk/jazzfestival for the latest details and information on livestreamed events.

Willie J. Johnson