LAST year’s inaugural event proved so successful that the Mostly Jazz Festival will be back again this weekend.
Set in the picturesque surrounds of Moseley Park, the festival promises three days of live jazz, funk, and soul, from July 1-3.
Some amazing headliners are lined up in the shape of soul legend, Booker T (Sunday), the Matthew Herbert Big Band (Saturday), and The Cinematic Orchestra (Friday).
Also on the bill are ‘80s Post-Punk legend Pigbag, Alice Russell, Brassroots, Smoove & Turrell, Hidden Orchestra, Milestones play “ Kind of Blue,” Matthew Halsall, Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra, Brandt Brauer Frick, Manouche, Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra, Alternative Dubstep Orchestra Lluis Matther & Noose, The Steve Tromans Debop Band, Levi French Trio, Birmingham Jazz Ensemble, The Paris 1940’s, The Atlantic Players, and Oya Batucada.
Booker T’s Hammond-infused classics like Green Onions, Melting Pot and Soul Limbo, will bring the festival to a fitting finale, but organisers are also excited about the Matthew Herbert Big Band.
A consummate experimenter and a man of endless talents, Herbert entered the realms of big band jazz and brought it well and truly up to date. To add to the mix there will be DJ sets and after-parties from Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles.
Once again there will be two stages side by side at the festival, the second featuring up and coming talent. As in 2010, Tony Dudley-Evans’ development agency Birmingham Jazz and Birmingham’s premier jazz and funk parlour The Yardbird will be helping to curate the second stage.
Taking the reins on Friday will be Gilles Peterson’s favourite Birmingham promoters Leftfoot, who have curated both stages.
Each will showcase some of their top acts, so expect to see a wealth of talent.
For details please visit www.mostlyjazz.co.uk