Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival has gone from strength to strength since its formation back in 1984, and last year made Solihull a permanent member of its celebrations.
It was created by Jim Simpson, Black Sabbath’s original manager, who says “It’s a fantastic event that brings together Jazz superstars from across the globe and we hope everyone will come along and join in the fun”. Simpson has successfully put Birmingham on the map in the rock arena through his high profile band management of local talent and being the guy responsible for putting Ozzy Osbourne on stage, now his influence extends out to Solihull making it a summertime musical destination recognised throughout Europe and beyond.
In past years the festival has enjoyed acts from Lithuania, the USA, Canada, Argentina, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium joining an array of homegrown musicians. It’s year on year growth promises to continue to draw in talent from near and far.
This festival truly is hard to miss, attracting an impressive 94,000 people to last years Solihull performances alone, and working wonders for local tourism generating an estimated £3.4 million. It also boasts around 175 performances each year in around 40 restaurants, bars, public spaces and museums with almost all of them free to the public. So join in wherever you like, give it a go, and I’m sure you’ll find everyone can speak the universal language of jazz.
Written by Ruby Watson
Festival on from 15 – 24 July