A DOUBLE bill of brass and jazz comes to Redditch town centre this Saturday (August 15) as the latest summer bandstand event rolls in.
Local musical collective Jazz Alchemy and the Blackwell Concert Band will take turns playing one hour sets at the Church Green bandstand from 12noon to 4pm.
With a mixture of traditional and modern styles, jazz standards and original work, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Why not take a picnic?
Jazz Alchemy are a local melodic modern jazz band. As a core the band is a quintet of drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, and sax, but can also include, violin and vocals.
The band, led by Redditch-based saxophonist and composer Thomas Hinks, plays a wide range of styles and standards. Elements and influences that can be detected in their playing include cool jazz, swing, Latin, blues, and even a little trad.
This is not the jazz of eternal blistering bebop sax solos but instead the band focus on offering jazz that is both beautifully melodic and accessible to jazz lovers and the non-initiated alike.
They offer everything from laid back easy listening melodic jazz suitable for dining through to foot-stomping “in your face” unapologetic party jazz, and everything in between.
The Blackwell Concert Band are based in north Worcestershire and have been playing regular concerts, fetes and weddings since they first formed in 1998.
In recent years, they have played at an increasing number of events and in 2011 they cut their first CD.
The band also has raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities and their rousing toe-tapping sound is sure to get people bopping along to their unique sound for what promises to be a great afternoon of entertainment.
For more information on Saturday’s acts and lots more visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk/events .