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In 1976 jazz-enthusiast George West and six of his Birmingham pals each put £25 on a dining room table. They made a promise to use the grand total to promote live jazz concerts for as long as the money would see through. For the next five years the Warwick Suite of the Grand Hotel hosted the fledgling Birmingham Jazz concerts.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Fast-forward four decades and the live jazz scene in Birmingham is fresher than ever, with credit surely due to that die-hard band of seven friends with generous pockets and a passion for live music.

We’re delighted to welcome Birmingham Jazz to a regular Friday night residency at 1000 Trades, bringing the best in jazz talent to our neighbourhood bar in Frederick Street. It all starts with the Chris Laurence Quartet on 8th September, with Jay Riley and Orjan Hulten making up the billing for the rest of the month.

So select the tipple of your choice and we’ll meet you at the bar for an evening of the smoothest live sounds you can hear on a Friday night in B1. Play it again, Sam.

Birmingham Jazz is at 1000 Trades on Friday 8th September, 15th September and 22nd September, with further dates to be announced. For more information and to purchase your tickets head to the Birmingham jazz website here.