In their history, The Walsall Jazz Orchestra have become one of the leading Big Bands in the local area, taking in some of the most talented musicians, and producing concerts that blend advanced music making skills with an audience friendly style. With a sound that blended pin sharp brass, orchestral flourishes, and a dynamic rock …

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys After more than thirty years at the fore-front of the live jump jive jazz scene, it is no wonder that the musical institution of King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys know how to put on a show, or draw a large crowd, as they proved when they closed Lichfield …

The singer-songwriter Sara Gillespie was in good form when she led her talented quartet through a concert of her own songs when she appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival. Playing guitar and singing, she was more than ably supported by the leading Mercury Music prize nominated pianist and composer Kit Downes, …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair The talented local guitarist Tom Morgan and his trio of John Evans on Hammond Organ and Bradleigh White on drums treated Sunday morning jazz fans to a showcase of tasteful jazz and blues when they appeared as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Weekend. With a set list …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair With a career playing in a number of genres, with some seriously heavyweight musicians, the leading jazz and experimental saxophonist and flute player Theo Travis led his talented ensemble through a set of original music, and choice covers when he played at Lichfield Blues and Jazz Festival. With sterling …

Review and photography by Ben Macnair The jazz rock fusion band Imperial Strut played to an appreciative audience when they appeared at Lichfield’s Cathedral Hotel as part of Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival. The band, led by drummer Dave Tandy, fresh from recording at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studio played a set of exciting …

With a set list that ranged from African High Life music, to space jazz, disco funk, blues and jazz the leading trombonist and composer Annie Whitehead led her talented quartet through an exciting afternoon of music when she appeared at Lichfield Arts Blues and Jazz Festival.

Concert Review – Remi Harris – May 16th 2018 A stage filled with guitars, and a room full of people meant that jazz musician Remi Harris’s gig at Lichfield’s George Hotel on Wednesday May 16th was a very special evening for music fans. With accompaniment from bassist Mike Green and rhythm guitarist Steve Astin, Harris …

Concert Review – Miranda Sykes

The acclaimed singer and multi-instrumental Miranda Sykes cast a musical spell over an attentive audience when she appeared at Lichfield Guildhall as part of her Borrowed Places tour.

Concert Review: Maddy Prior on tour with Giles Lewin and Hannah James

Maddy Prior, on tour with Giles Lewin and Hannah James, played to a sold-out crowd on a pleasingly warm April Saturday evening, at Lichfield Guildhall. The combination of Maddy Prior’s vitality and experience, together with the innovative flair of singer, accordion player and clog dancer Hannah James, teamed with the adept versatility of singer, violinist, bagpiper and recorder player Giles Lewin resulted in a celebratory evening of folk music.