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Solihull Town Centre becomes centre stage again for the Solihull Sort Of Jazz Festival for the third year as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz and Blues Festival.

The festival is to take place from 20th – 22nd July 2018.

An open-air stage in Mell Square will be at the heart of the Solihull Festival with nine free shows over the three days, this is accompanied with an international street food and drinks market brought to Solihull by renowned market providers, R&R Events.

The fun doesn’t stop there, we also have 16 other venues housing some funky beats over the weekend. Look out for more details about bands in Boston Tea Party, The Core Theatre (Encore Cafe), Revolution Bar, Yates, Sevenoaks Sound and Vision, John Lewis, Slug and Lettuce, The Crowne Plaza Solihull, O’Neill’s, Ramada Solihull, Royal British Legion Solihull, Tap & Tandoor, Touchwood (Theatre Square), The Flute & Flagon, The Beech House and the Masons Arms.

We are bringing the music, street food and drinks, all we need now is for you to bring your best dance moves. Get the date in your diary and we will see you there.

What's On

1.30pm

Chickenbone John

Boston Tea Party, Herbert Rd, Solihull, B91 3QE

Admission - FREE

‘The Godfather of the Cigar Box Guitar’ made his first appearance at the Birmingham festival last year, with highly successful workshop/concerts demonstrating how to make and play 3-string cigar box guitars. John, whose musical career began in a punk band, has been perfecting the art of creating guitars from cigar boxes, inspired by the thought that such great bluesmen as BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins began with home-made instruments.

2.30pm

The Whiskey Brothers

Encore Cafe at The Core Theatre Solihull, Theatre Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG

Admission - FREE

Fast becoming festival favourites at Birmingham, Big Bear recording artists the Whiskey Brothers are Richard Heath on vocals and mandolin and Gerry Smith on piano. In the mid-1990s the formed the Splinter Blues Band, but since 2012 they have worked as a duo, playing their favourite style of music, old-style acoustic blues combined with their own material.

4pm

Bird and the Badman

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

They are based in Leicester, but we perform anywhere in the UK and all over the world! Sarah Bird sings, and a few different, talented 'bad men' accompany her on acoustic guitar. They play a wide range of songs and perform them in an uncomplicated yet beautiful acoustic style, without studio trickery or backing tracks.

5.30pm

Suzi Woods Trio

Yates, 21 Poplar Road , Solihull , B91 3AD

Admission - FREE

Suzi Woods sang with Jools Holland’s Swing Band in the 1990s, but in recent years is most famous for her brushes with celebrity. In a bizarre life-imitating art episode she sang at the wedding of Chardonnay and Kyle in Footballers’ Wives and followed up by performing at the christening of David and Victoria Beckham’s sons. Fashion impresario Valentino is another celebrity impressed by the talent of Suzi Woods who has sung for her in Rome and at Blenheim Palace. Most recently Suzi and a 10-piece band performed for Princess Caroline and Prince Albert of Monaco at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, but despite the celebrity gigs abroad she always delights in being able to perform for audiences at home.

6pm

Ricky Cool and the In Crowd

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

One of the most entertaining front men in the business, Ricky Cool has toured with the likes of Billy Connolly and shared a stage with George Harrison. His current dynamic group, the In Crowd, with a mix of rhythm and blues, ska, bluebeat and soul, recently starred at the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival.

Roy Forbes

Tap and Tandoor, Warwick Rd, Solihull, B91 3DX

Admission - FREE

Roy Forbes’ vocal style is, as Jazz UK expressed it, ‘infused with the warmth of his own personality.’ His dynamic and soulful treatments of the Great American Songbook have brought him acclaim at international festivals as far afield as Milan and St. Lucia, as well as continuing popularity in his native Birmingham.

Chris Bowden

Revolution, 64-66 Station Road, Solihull, B91 3RX

Admission - FREE

Saxist Chris Bowden first came to notice with his highly original 1996 album, Time Capsule, featuring his arrangements for 12-piece band. Since then he had worked widely as an arranger and proved equally popular on the Birmingham scene in a small group setting.

7pm

David Moore Blues Band

The Flute and Flagon, 28-30 Station Road, Solihull, B91 3SB

Admission - FREE

David graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire in 1999, then in 2010 moved to New York where he worked in a number of styles of music. Back in Birmingham, he is demonstrating a fresh and exciting approach to the blues.

8pm

Deborah Rose & Simon King

The Beech House, 727 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3DA

Admission - FREE

Welsh-born, but based in Worcestershire, singer/songwriter/guitarist Deborah Rose lends her stunningly pure voice to interpretations of folk, jazz and Americana, often in partnership with such jazz musicians as guitarist Remi Harris. In the festival she is joined by guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Simon King, a finalist in the 2001 Perrier Jazz Awards whose career as a performer has included playing with such top names as Randy Brecker, Peter King, Alan Barnes and Norma Winstone.

10.30am

Jazz Matters - Solihull Music Service

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

12pm

Budapest Ragtime Orchestra

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

Formed in 1980 by students of the Franz Liszt Conservatory, the Budapest Ragtime Orchestra have maintained the classical tradition in a sense, mixing in with the band’s polished Dixieland versions of the popular classics, but played in the parody style of Spike Jones. This very popular band, great favourites in the UK, has made several earlier appearances at the Birmingham festival and its annual total of about 100 gigs has included tours and festivals in Germany, the United States, Poland, Switzerland and Italy.

Chickenbone John

Sevenoaks Sound and Vision, 54 Drury Lane, Mell Square, Solihull, B91 3BH

Admission - FREE

‘The Godfather of the Cigar Box Guitar’ made his first appearance at the Birmingham festival last year, with highly successful workshop/concerts demonstrating how to make and play 3-string cigar box guitars. John, whose musical career began in a punk band, has been perfecting the art of creating guitars from cigar boxes, inspired by the thought that such great bluesmen as BB King and Lightnin’ Hopkins began with home-made instruments.

1pm

Suzi Woods

John Lewis, Touchwood, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RA

Admission - FREE

Suzi Woods sang with Jools Holland’s Swing Band in the 1990s, but in recent years is most famous for her brushes with celebrity. In a bizarre life-imitating art episode she sang at the wedding of Chardonnay and Kyle in Footballers’ Wives and followed up by performing at the christening of David and Victoria Beckham’s sons. Fashion impresario Valentino is another celebrity impressed by the talent of Suzi Woods who has sung for her in Rome and at Blenheim Palace. Most recently Suzi and a 10-piece band performed for Princess Caroline and Prince Albert of Monaco at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, but despite the celebrity gigs abroad she always delights in being able to perform for audiences at home.

Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi on the Yamaha

Royal British Legion Solihull, Broomfields Hall, Union Road, Solihull, B91 3DH

Admission - £5

Stephanie Trick (from St. Louis), a leading exponent of stride piano, and Paolo Alderighi (from Milan), one of Italy’s foremost jazz pianists, met at a piano festival in Switzerland in 2008. Three years later, they started to collaborate on a four-hands piano project dedicated to classic jazz, preparing arrangements of songs from the swing era, as well as drawing from the ragtime and blues repertoire.

They are here in Solihull in July 2018, and will appear at Solihull Royal British Legion on Saturday 21st July at 1 pm. The concert will feature both Stephanie and Paolo on the club’s fine Yamaha acoustic piano, each playing solos, as well as performing hugely entertaining four-hand arrangements.

2pm

Red Lips

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

Red Lips Duo are a Midlands Based Acoustic duo featuring the soulful, powerful voice of Amy Morson Liggins and the impressive guitar and vocals of Benn Hartmann.
Amy & Benn are both experienced professional musicians and have performed across the uk and overseas for many years.
The Duo’s repertoire consists of a mixture of genres from across the decades from chilled out background music to a dance floor filling party set.

4pm

The Catfish Kings

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

The Catfish Kings serve up a mix of rock’n’roll, boogie and rhythm and blues, with Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis at the centre of their set, with some jump jive, New Orleans rhythm and blues and swing to help keep the party moving.

5pm

Sheila Waterfield

Crowne Plaza Solihull, 61 Homer Road ,Solihull, B91 3QD

Admission - FREE

Sheila’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, folk, soul, Latin and blues. She is one of those impressive singers who can instil a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and a lively energy into the blues. She received rave reviews for her performances at the Festival of Song Cheltenham and Jazz Live, Grimsby. Sheila is currently recording her own songs and hopes to release an album, Every Sunrise, later this year.

‘A beautiful warm expressive voice’ – Ron Bailey, Jazz Live

Grey Goose Blues Band

Slug & Lettuce Solihull, 22 Mill Lane Arcade, Touchwood, Solihull, B91 3HT

Admission - FREE

Blues Matters magazine described the Grey Goose Blues Band as ‘one of the best newcomers to the blues scene in 2011.’ Habitues of the Birmingham festival know that they have been thrilling audiences for a few years longer than that, but the dates don’t matter. Singer/guitarist/songwriter Frankie Williams fronts a fine blues band that always gives great value. The mature sound of the Grey Goose draws from the influence of the likes of T Bone Walker, Albert King, Muddy Waters and Duke Robillard.

6pm

La Bouche Manouche

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

We are a vintage jazz band influenced by the chic and sophisticated era of the jazz age and beyond. Our repertoire is rooted in the sound of gypsy jazz, with swing tunes from Django Reinhardt, as well as traditional gypsy swing tunes, charlestons, French chansons, bal musette and classic jazz standards from the Great American Songbook.

12pm

Lola Lamour and The Blue Light Boys

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

Lola Lamour has been singing on the 1940s scene for almost ten years, influenced by artists such as Peggy Lee, Kay Starr and Ella Fitzgerald and performing throughout the UK and in Switzerland, the Netherlands and the Channel Islands. She and her band deliver their own take on classic tunes from swing to wartime favourites to Gershwin and Porter. Lola’s love of the period is evident in her dress and her personal style.

1pm

Brooks Williams (USA)

Royal British Legion Solihull, Broomfields Hall, Union Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3DH

Admission - FREE

Widely regarded as one of the guiding lights of acoustic roots music, Brooks Williams last year released his 22nd CD, Brooks’ Blues. A native of Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks has been touring the world with his blend of blues and Americana for nearly 30 years, including several very successful visits to the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Rated as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and named Best Male Vocalist by UK roots magazine Spiral Earth in 2013, Brooks Williams is, according to Blues in Britain, ‘at the top of his game, setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues.’

Sheila Waterfield

Ramada Hotel Solihull, The Square, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3RF

Admission - FREE

Sheila’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, folk, soul, Latin and blues. She is one of those impressive singers who can instil a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and a lively energy into the blues. She received rave reviews for her performances at the Festival of Song Cheltenham and Jazz Live, Grimsby. Sheila is currently recording her own songs and hopes to release an album, Every Sunrise, later this year.

‘A beautiful warm expressive voice’ – Ron Bailey, Jazz Live

2pm

The Wedding Crashers

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

The Wedding Crashers are a professional piano and drums duo from the West Midlands, consisting of Joe Stafford on piano/lead vocals and Jayme Tovey on drums/backing vocals.
They are regular performers at the prestigious ‘Jam House’ in Birmingham, endorsed by Jools Holland.
They have a large repertoire of music, performing songs from the sixties through to the current day and have been working together for over 15 years.

Phil Sayer Trio

Theatre Square, Touchwood, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3RG

Admission - FREE

Phil Sayer is equally at home in every format from playing solo to his seven-piece band with horn section. His feel-good boogie woogie and rhythm and blues piano has been a part of the house band at Birmingham’s Jam House for 12 years.

3pm

The Whiskey Brothers

O'Neill's, Poplar Road, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3AB

Admission - FREE

Fast becoming festival favourites at Birmingham, Big Bear recording artists the Whiskey Brothers are Richard Heath on vocals and mandolin and Gerry Smith on piano. In the mid-1990s the formed the Splinter Blues Band, but since 2012 they have worked as a duo, playing their favourite style of music, old-style acoustic blues combined with their own material.

3.30pm

Union Avenue

Mell Square Stage

Admission - FREE

Union Avenue are a professional acoustic duo - The unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies and acoustic guitar.

4pm

Brooks Williams (USA)

The Masons Arms, 173 High Street, Solihull, West Midlands, B91 3ST

Admission - FREE

Widely regarded as one of the guiding lights of acoustic roots music, Brooks Williams last year released his 22nd CD, Brooks’ Blues. A native of Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks has been touring the world with his blend of blues and Americana for nearly 30 years, including several very successful visits to the Birmingham Jazz Festival. Rated as one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and named Best Male Vocalist by UK roots magazine Spiral Earth in 2013, Brooks Williams is, according to Blues in Britain, ‘at the top of his game, setting new standards and a fresh direction for the blues.’

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