It’s great that since the easing of the lockdown that people have come out in good numbers to catch the Fizzle gigs at Centrala and the Gap Cafe. So we enter the autumn season with a full programme and great confidence.
There is quite a bit happening, both for Fizzle and for TDE Promotions, so in this introduction to the season I am going to focus on September and October.
We will using two main venues, Centrala, the venue on Fazeley Street in the Digbeth area, for Sunday afternoon gigs, and the Hexagon Theatre at mac in Cannon Hill Park for evening gigs. Both venues have worked well for improv gigs, and seem to be popular with audiences. We also have one gig in the Main Theatre at mac: the Cleveland Watkiss: The Great Jamaican Songbook, and a gig at St. Paul’s Church in the Jewellery Quarter. We are also planning to continue the Paul Dunmall Invites series at the Eastside Jazz Club, but we are waiting for details on that one.
Tickets for all the Centrala gigs in the autumn are available now at https://centrala-shop.co.uk/collections/music-gig. Links for the Hexagon gigs are at http://www.macbirmingham.co.uk under Live Music.
Sunday 12th September, 2pm Centrala Emil Karlsen Martin Hackett Phil Wachsmann trio + Richard Scott solo
Emil Karlsen is a brilliant and innovative young drummer from Norway who has studied in Leeds, and made UK his base. He has played in duo with saxophonists Mark Hanslip and Ed Jones, but here he performs with two well established improvisers, Phil Wachsmann on violin and Martin Hackett on analogue synthesiser. The first set set will feature Richard Scott solo on mandolin and viola. Buy tickets here.
Thursday 23rd September, 8pm Hexagon Theatre at mac Richard Foote Trombone Quintet + Ripsaw Catfish
This is a great double bill with the two trombone frontline of Richard Foote and Kieran McCleod, the key trombonists in the Young Pilgrims band plus Andy Woodhead on piano, Olie Brice on bass and Andrew Bain on drums. The first set will be played by the duo of saxophonist Cath Roberts and guitarist Anton Hunter. Tickets can be booked here.
Saturday 25th September 11am Hexagon Theatre, mac Flatpack-Fizzle Reanimated
A show as part of the Flatpack Film Festival designed for children and adults. There will be a series of short animated films accompanied by improvised reactions from Charlotte Keefe, trumpet, Piera Onacko, piano, Max Tomlinson, drums and Tom Pountney-Barnes, guitar in solos and duos. Tickets are available here.
Sunday 3rd October, 2pm Centrala CollapseUncollapse and Steve Saunders/Christos Stylianides
This is an exciting double bill featuring the percussion/electronics trio of Mark Sanders, drums and percussion, Chris Mapp, bass guitar and effects, and Andrew Woodhead, keys and effects with the support set from the guitar trumpet duo of Steve Saunders and Christos Stylianides.
Thursday 14th October, 7pm St Paul’s Church Pendulums + Liam Noble solo piano
This evening presents the second performance of Andrew Woodhead’s amazing piece for bellringers and improvising group. The album has been extremely well reviewed, and this concert is strongly recommended, especially as it also features a solo piano set from Liam Noble. You can book here.
Thursday 28th October, 8pm Hexagon Theatre at mac Xhosa Cole Duos and Trio with Neil Charles and Mark Sanders
Saxophonist Xhosa Cole has made a big impact this year with his debut album Know Them, Know Us. Here he plays in duo format with bass player Neil Charles and drummer Mark Sanders, then Mark and Neil will play together, and the evening will conclude with a trio performance. You can book here.
Saturday 30th October, 8pm Main Theatre, mac Cleveland Watkiss and the Great Jamaican Songbook + Romarna Campbell Trio
Cleveland Watkiss brings a really good band to mac to celebrate the great songs in the reggae and ska traditions from Jamaica. Drummer Romarna Campbell, back from her course at Berklee in the USA, supports with her trio. You can book here.