The music charity responsible for Town Hall and Symphony Hall is delighted to announce the line-up for its first ever Jazz Fest, which will take place in front of live audiences from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 August. The week of music will showcase the full spectrum of jazz and includes performances from international touring artists to local community bands.
With a range of guest tutors in the city for this year's Jazzlines Summer School, Jazz Fest, in partnership with Jazz FM, will allow audiences to enjoy free and low-cost performances at The Spotted Dog in Digbeth, on stage at Symphony Hall and in Symphony Hall’s brand-new Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space.
Alongside Jazz Fest, the Jazzlines Summer School is set to return in 2021, as Symphony Hall opens its doors once again to young musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. This year’s free, non-residential course will run from Monday 23 to Friday 27 August for young people aged between 11 and 19. Combining the Summer School with the Festival means that THSH can offer the chance for the young musicians to see and hear some of the best British talent in action, as well as learning alongside them.
Jazz Fest will present a series of ticketed, in-person live concerts in Birmingham over six days in August, subject to the successful roll-out of the government’s roadmap.
The artists announced for this year’s festival include headline shows from pioneering Birmingham-based saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch (Soweto Kinch Trio: Monday 23 August) and Jazz FM’s UK Jazz Act of the Year 2020, Yazz Ahmed (Yazz Ahmed Quartet: Wednesday 25 August).