1.00pm Alex Clarke Quartet
As a Finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, and the winner of the “Rising Star” category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, Alex is one of the most exciting young jazz musicians emerging on the UK jazz scene.
Alex has been a regular face at jazz clubs and festivals all around the country. Known for her versatility and open-minded attitude towards jazz, Alex enjoys performing a range of genres from New Orleans to bebop. Praised for her extensive repertoire list and intelligent ear for harmony, she brings a youthful, intuitive approach that always sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings.
3.30pm Apex Jazz and Swing Band
This fine experienced six-piece band led by leader Robin Mason (clarinet/saxes), Jon Stone (trumpet/vocals), Ron Hill (trombone), Nick Wiltshire (keyboard), Bob Boucher
(double bass) and Jin Harney (drums) play the music of Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as some traditional jazz standards. Music to listen to, even dance to, in the
6.30pm Walsall Jazz Orchestra
The Walsall Jazz Orchestra is a 19 piece big band which, unlike the vast majority of big bands, plays contemporary, rather than traditional big band music. The band plays pieces written by well known composers such as Pat Metheny, Mike Gibbs and Chick Corea, as well as a number of original compositions. WJO have released three CDs which have received rave reviews in the music press.