Wednesday, 2 March 2011


The Mostly Jazz Festival is back with Booker T and much more still to be announced for Birmingham’s Moseley Park on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2011.

Set to surpass the success of 2010’s inaugural event, Mostly Jazz Festival 2011 will be headlined by Grammy Award winning, groove jazz legend Booker T. Bringing the festivities to a close on Sunday 3rd July, the Hammond alchemist will be filling the park with the iconic sounds of household hits like ‘Green Onions’, ‘Melting Pot’ and the cricket theme tune ‘Soul Limbo’.

Headlining on Saturday 2nd July will be the Matthew Herbert Big Band. A consummate experimenter and a man of endless talents Matthew Herbert entered the realms of big band jazz and brought it well and truly up to date utilising electronic equipment and sampling everyday objects.

We’ve added a third day to Mostly Jazz in 2011; on Friday 1st July we have The Cinematic Orchestra topping the bill with a rare live performance. Jason Swiscoe ( Ninja Tunes) formed his orchestra in the late 1990’s using live Jazz improvisation and electronic sound and aswell as a string of successful albums their music has been widely used for TV credits and adverts.

Champions of the airwaves, BBC Radio DJs Craig Charles and Gilles Peterson will also be lending a helping hand. On Friday, Gilles will be introducing some of his favourite contemporary acts including soulful songstress Alice Russell, German minimalist electronic jazz trio Brandt Brauer Frick and the instrumentals of Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra. Sunday will be transformed into the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, and Craig will be bringing along Smoove & Turrell for their first live band performance in Birmingham and the modern Afrobeat of the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra.

There will also be Main Stage performances from Pigbag, Brass Roots, Milestones playing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue in full, Hidden Orchestra, Manouche, Andy Hamilton & the Bluenotes, Matthew Halsall and Beats & Pieces Big Band. Elsewhere at the festival the likes of Oya Batucada, Atlantic Players, Sara Colman Quintet, Lluis Mather & Noose, Levi French Trio and Steve Tromans Debop Band will be pleasing the crowds.

Extending the festival with the addition of a third day, from Friday afternoon to Sunday night there will be even more on offer, encompassing everything from the jazz influenced to avant-garde modern jazz to jazz-fusion.

Once again there will be two stages side by side at the festival, the second of which will feature 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, and taking the reins on Friday will be Gilles Peterson’s favourite Birmingham promoters Leftfoot. Each will showcase some of their top acts so expect to see a wealth of emerging sounds.

Tickets will be on sale in mid February 2011.

For more information about The Mostly Jazz Festival and the full line-up please visit

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