28 April 2017 19:45
Hans Koller was born into a musical family, his father was a jazz-loving Lutheran pastor, his mother a music teacher and his four sisters all played instruments. Growing up in rural Bavaria, Koller first came into contact with jazz musicians in his teens while attending jazz summer schools run by Brian Abraham’s District Six in Ingolstadt. In 1991 he came to England, first to Middlesex University where he majored in composition, then at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) where he obtained a masters degree in Ethnomusicology.
5 May 2017 19:45
Drummer and composer Mark Holub formed Led Bib in 2003 for a university masters project. Made up of his Middlesex university friends, the five piece played its first gig at London’s Klinker Club on February 24th 2004 to ten people in the backroom of the North London pub. Five years later they were performing on primetime TV to millions, having been nominated as a Mercury Prize album of the year. Theirs was a full gas acceleration to that point.
12 May 2017 19:45
A night with… ‘The Great Wee Band’. In keeping with Birmingham Jazz’s long standing tradition of bringing top quality entertainment to the City, we end this season’s series at the Red Lion, with this all-star quartet. The group’s name The Great Wee Band was coined by Jim to Henry after the first set of a gig, then stuck as a name the band referred to.