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IN THE FESTIVE SPIRIT

02-02-2010

It may still be winter but in our hearts we’re looking ahead to the festival season, and one intriguing new prospect has already caught our eye.

A new jazz festival set to take place in Birmingham this summer threatens to challenge the old order.

The Mostly Jazz Festival will be held in Moseley Park on 2nd-3rd July and aims to showcase the diversity of jazz in all its contemporary forms. The organisers have already announced a strong line-up of contemporary jazz, soul and blues headlined by the Sun Ra Arkestra, Courtney Pine and the James Taylor Quartet.

Also featuring local attractions Andy Hamilton and Steve Ajao amongst others, Mostly will act as a contrast to the long-established Birmingham International Jazz Festival, now in its 26th year and frequently criticised for a conservative booking policy.

With its older counterpart being put back a fortnight so as not to clash with the World Cup, the Mostly festival will launch what promises to be a month of quality jazz in Birmingham.

For ticket and other information, visit www.mostlyjazz.co.uk

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