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PDC hosts 37th Birmingham Jazz Festival

PDC hosts 37th Birmingham Jazz Festival

Palace Drum Clinic hosts 37th Birmingham Jazz Festival! 


Anyone who saw Alex Clarke’s streamed performance alongside Alan Barnes from West Bromwich Central Library in October’s festival will have no doubt that hers is a remarkably mature talent and one steeped in the great traditions of jazz.

As a finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2020, and winner of the Rising Star category in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, Alex is known to be one of the most in-demand and versatile young reeds players emerging on the British jazz scene. Praised for her extensive repertoire list and intelligent ear for harmony, she brings a youthful, intuitive approach which sounds authentic in a variety of musical settings from New Orleans to bebop. Alex's deep respect for the heritage of the music can be heard in a swinging, melodic approach reminiscent of Scott Hamilton and Lester Young, with strong influences of Phil Woods and Cannonball Adderley.

Alex launches her new Quartet (ACQ) which explores a diverse range of music, from Alex’s original compositions to fresh, innovate re-workings of classis American Songbook repertoire. Whilst firmly rooted in the bebop tradition and defined by a strong sense of melody and groove, Alex’s writing has a clear and distinctive identity, leaving much space for expression, exploration and a strong dialogue between musicians. The ACQ also heavily draws on influences of Latin jazz, showcasing music from the likes of Paquito D’Rivera and Arturo Sandoval.




Bruce Adams’ earlier musical career was highly varied, from appearing on Opportunity Knocks to entertaining on cruise ships, playing guitar as well as trumpet, but for many a year he has concentrated on being one of the best trumpeters around. A ferocious player with impeccable technique, he can also display a surprising lyricism and melodic gift. A regular at Birmingham, he has featured on several live recordings from the festival, with the likes of Django’s Castle and the great Kenny Baker.

Bruce has worked extensively in Europe with Pascal Michaux, Charly Antolini, and Pete York, playing clubs and festivals in Norway, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, and Slovenia.

For several years Bruce played the Cat Anderson Chair in Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington culminating in a tour with the Birmingham  Royal Ballet playing the Cat Anderson solo on “The Madness in Great Ones. Apart from being a featured guest soloist with the BBC Big Band, Bruce also worked with the band on a freelance basis, playing for Lennie Niehaus, Gerald Wilson, and Patti Austin. Bruce also played in the Cuban Fire Concert with Horatio el Negra Hernandez and Giovanni Hidalgo.

Bruce has featured as a guest soloist with the following big bands. Fat Chops Big Band, Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, The Scottish National Orchestra Big Band, Bobby Deans Big band Glasgow, Cote Ouest Big Band Nantes, The Hitchen Big Band Nimes. The Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra, The Smokin Big Band Newcastle, and the BBC Big Band.

Most recently, Bruce has been working with Craig Milverton on a project celebrating the great cornet and piano players. After delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the album should be complete in August.


Book Tickets

Tickets £7.00* 
*inclusive of £1.00 booking fee 

Please note this event is at PD CAVE KIngfisher Shopping Centre

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