Jazz Connective: The English Sessions in Birmingham

Jazz connective will take place on the 8, 9 and 10 of March 2020 in Birmingham, supervised by Performances Birmingham Limited, manager of the Town Hall and the Symphony Hall and in collaboration with EJN and its activity "We Insist! Social Inclusion through Creative Music".

During these three days, delegates will be invited to participate and attend to concerts of European artists, visits, workshops and a public round table, linked with Jazz Connective concerns, such as promoting a more inclusive culture and building new strategies for the defence and promotion of jazz and improvised music in Europe.

Indeed, Jazz Connective is a collaborative project between different European partners built to sustainably strengthen our artistic scenes, composed of promoters and producers, musicians and professionals, by exploring these issues on a European scale.

We will also have the pleasure to receive members of the Europe Jazz Network (EJN), as part of their program “We Insist! Social Inclusion through Creative Music”. EJN is a nonprofit Europe-wide association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective.


Sunday March 8th : OPENING DAY

Concert : Fizzle at the Lamp Tavern

Backspace and special guest Tortusa (PL/NO)

Kim Macari/Olie Brice/Andrew Woodhead (UK)
Malediwy (PL)

Welcome Event led by Jazzlines Team at Mama Roux’s

Social event / Networking
with performances from Birmingham based emerging female artists: Olivia Murphy and a brand new collaboration between Stella Roberts and Meesha Fones.



Workshop #1 : We Insist! Social Inclusion through Creative Music
With EJN & Jazz Connective delegates
The workshop will take place on a canal boat and we will be taking a tour of Birmingham’s extensive canal network.

Pop up performance at the Jam House
from young musicians in the Jazzlines Ensembles

Public round table :  Undivided: Building musical communities
Discussing class divide and current diversity representation within Europe. Festival Programming and inclusion priorities.

Drinks reception in Symphony Hall Director Lounge

Concerts in Symphony Hall

Bowrain (SI)

Slovenian contemporary composer, pianist, and producer.

Sara Colman (UK)

Sara Colman‘s expressive songwriting blurs musical genres into her own captivating, emotional style.

Riverloam Trio + Paul Dunmall and Sarah Farmer (UK) 

Three of Europe's leading free jazz musicians. It combines Chassidic tradition and modern improvised music.

Tuesday March 10th

Workshop #2 : Emergence: Building the next generation of talent
(EJN delegation only)

Visit : Library of Birmingham tour

Workshop #3 : “The Birmingham Scene”
Discussion of the local scene by various promoters, musicians and researchers

Artist in Residence Sharing
Matthew Jacobson and Percy Pursglove / Chris Mapp TBC

Concerts at the Hare & Hounds

Anne Quiller - Watchdog duo (FR)

The two musicians produce a new texture of sound in the air, mixing shrill and tingling resonances with smooth acoustic vibrations.

 Ashley Allen (UK)

A growing presence in the Birmingham Jazz & Gospel scene, keyboardist Ashley Allen has worked extensively with the likes of Gregory Porter, Aynsley Lister, Julie Dexter, and Omar.

Rosie Tee (UK)

Composer/performer based in Birmingham with an innovative, atmospheric blend of electronica, jazz, classical and pop.

Post gig hang at the Spotted Dog jam session


Note : After the Birmingham event, Jazz Connective will be held in London from March 11th to 13th in partnership with the Vortex Jazz Club.