Mmmmmmmmm… Jazz Festivals. Nice.

[A quick note about the lack of posts recently – my apologies, I’m currently busy moving house. Normal service resumes shortly!]

Fancy a bit of music to brighten up your July? You’re in luck. For the 24th successive year, The Birmingham International Jazz Festival opens its doors – today! From the 4th to the 13th of July, Jazz fans are spoilt for choice, in no small part due to the continued work of Midlands music stalwart Jim Simpson from Big Bear Music (and, having been in the business since 1968, rightly describes Big Bear as ‘probably the longest established independent record company in the UK‘… and you’re wondering how the Big Bear name came about, check the web site for the amusing backstory!)

The fest has gone all modern and suchlike this year too… 2008’s event has brought with it a new (impressively snazzy) web site, complete with Twitter profile, Flickr profile, Last.FM showcase of associated artists, detailed programme information for each day of the fest, a blog… Plus some potentially interesting new features, like an Archive of previous years’ events (currently in the works). I suspected a bit of local design talent was involved in this revamp, and it looks like Dave and his cohorts at Fireloop Creative have come up trumps with a lovely little web site; distinctive yet restrained, it’s a real pleasure to explore. Remember kids, simple is good. (By contrast, AB is neither an example of particularly simple nor a particularly good site… or refined… but then again, my design work has most definitely taken a backseat for the moment. 😉

So, If you want the lowdown on what’s going on, check out the very detailed programme of events and pootle along for some music and good times. If it’s raining – come anyway! I can guarantee the music will brighten your day up regardless of the meteorological conditions.

And anyway, who doesn’t like a good bit of sax of an afternoon?

Published by Christopher

The guy behind About Brum - living and working in Birmingham and the Black Country. I love this city!

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