The collaboration between Fizzle run by Andrew Woodhead and TDE Promotions run by myself has been very successful and has become as a key part of the music scene in Birmingham, providing a strong platform for experimental music. We are delighted that we have our second grant from the Arts Council of England under the Projects Grants scheme that has replaced the Grants for the Arts scheme.
I will outline the autumn programme here. There are two main venues, Fizzle sessions take place at The Lamp Tavern in the Digbeth area of Birmingham, the TDE Promotions sessions mostly take place in the lovely Hexagon Theatre at mac, the arts centre at the edge of Cannon Hill Park. TDEPromotions also has two events in the Eastside Jazz Club at Birmingham Conservatoire and one at the Hare and Hounds venue.
The Fizzle season starts on Tuesday 25th September with a sextet led by free jazz saxophonist Paul Dunmall featuring some of the best young improvisers in Birmingham, notably Percy Pursglove on trumpet, Richard Foote on trombone, Mike Fletcher on alto saxophone, Chris Mapp on bass and Tymek Jozwiak on drums. Paul Dunmall is undoubtedly one of the top improvising saxophonists in the world today and is on a roll at the moment with a recording with Jon Irabogan (The Rain Sessions on FMR Records) and will be touring in November with a quintet featuring the great American drummer Hamid Drake; details of this TDE Promotions tour below.
Subsequent Fizzle gigs are:
Tuesday 9th October A double bill curated by Richard Scott with Samuel Rogers, flute and Rebecca Lee, flute, and Richard Scott, viola with Joe Wright on saxophone and electronics
Tuesday 23rd October A double bill with Cath Roberts, saxophone and Seth Bennett, double bass, plus Tom Ward, reeds and Adam Fairhall, piano.
Tuesday 6th November Another double bill with Miman and a trio with Jack Wright on saxophone, Dominic Lash on bass and Mark Sanders on drums.
Tuesday 20th November Two trios: Kim Macari, Andrew Woodhead, Olie Brice and Bruce Coates, Sarah Farmer Mark Sanders
Tuesday 4th December Two more trios: Lori Freedman,clarinet; Corey Mwamba, vibes and Mark Sanders drums, and Luis Vicente, trumpet, Olie Brice, double bass and Mark Sanders.
The TDE Promotions season begins on Friday 5th October with a stunning double bill with Mark Hanslip’s HTrio featuring special guest Nate Wooley on trumpet, and the French trio Leila Martial’s Baa Box. Leila is a brilliant singer whose live performances are stunning. This plus the brilliant Nate Wooley guesting with the trio should make this a very special night.
Also coming up at The Hexagon are the Olie Brice Quintet (Wednesday 17th October) and Velvet Revolution (Saturday 17th November), an exquisite trio I heard in a church in The Netherlands; it has Daniel Erdmann on saxophone, Theo Ceccaldi on violin and Jim Hart on vibes. The Becca Wilkins Tom Harris Duo will be in support.
As mentioned above, Paul Dunmall will be touring in November with a date in the Eastside Jazz Club on Friday 9th November. He will be leading the quintet that toured so successfully last year with the American drummer Hamid Drake plus Percy Pursglove, trumpet, Steve Tromans, piano, Dave Kane, double bass. Other dates are at The Fringe Café, Bristol (7th November), Café Oto London (8th November) and Derby (10th November).
TDE Promotions moves to the Hare & Hounds venue on 31st October to present Snack Family, a trio with vocalist Andrew Plummer, saxophonist James Allsopp and drummer Will Glaser. Their music is reminiscent of the Captain Beefheart band and has been described as ‘ a creeping rock ‘n roll monster replete with gravelly drumbeats’.
However, the likely highlight of the autumn will be the three-day residency for FØrage, the duo of Tim Berne and Matt Mitchell. The residency will culminate in a performance in the Eastside Jazz Club on Thursday 11th October. It is a co-promotion with the Jazz Department at the Birmingham Conservatoire.