FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Jam Experiment 7.45pm

Jam Experiment are an award-winning band that are based in London. Jazzwisemagazine chose them as the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3, and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival, leaving audiences in awe. They released their debut album in 2017 followed by a 40 date UK Tour. The lineup includes the winner of Rising Star in the 2017 British Jazz Awards, trombonist Rory Ingham. Jam Experiment’s sound is dynamic jazz fusion balanced with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations negotiated through mutual admiration for each other. The band has no leader or rather, each member is the leader; through this process they’ve challenged their own musical boundaries. This concert will part of their 2018 Summer Euro Tour. £10/ £7.50 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Blue Dot Radio 8pm–12am

Birmingham based Blue Dot Radio have a proud reputation for entertaining listeners with the very finest selection of music, playing a selection of plays an eclectic mix of soul, jazz, neo-soul. jazz funk and reggae, pledging to put the “Jazz Your Razzmatazz and the “P in your Funk”. Headed by Curtis Armstrong and friends, they will be conjuring some well-crafted tunes to ease your way into the weekend. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Pigeonhole with Jon Harris 8pm–12am

Another edition of the Birmingham night revival featuring a whole range of music from different genres – some you will know and love, some you may not know yet but will definitely love! It remains a strictly vinyl affair. The night will start slowly and build up from appreciative and curious head nodding to serious toe tapping and dancing! Expect to hear the likes of New Order/ Courtney Barnett/ The White Stripes/ The Shins/ Brian Eno/ Ghostpoet/ Underground/ Resistance/ Awesome Tapes From Africa/ The Horrors/ Crocodiles Young/ Edwyn Collins/ Wire/ Different Drummer/ Cate Le Bon/ Soul Jazz/ Nick Cave/ Boards of Canada/ Todd Terje/ Primal Scream/ Boys Own/ The Charlatans/ Air/ Massive Attack/ The Fall/ Lee Scratch Perry/ King Tubby/ Gregory Isaacs/ Mad Professor/ Andrew Weatherall/ Aphex Twin/ Sun Ra/ PJ Harvey+ many more. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Birmingham Amateur Brewers (BAB) 7–9pm

Whether you’re a seasoned brewer or have never set eyes on a grain of malt, this is an informal monthly meet-up for people to share their skills, knowledge – and beer! Free. More details and this month’s agenda via Facebook group

WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Angular Coding Meetup 6.30–8.30pm

Find about the latest news in the Angular ecosystem, share your ideas, help others and get help from the Angular community in and around Birmingham. Free. Register via meetup.com/Angular-Birmingham

FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet 7.45pm

Alina Bzhezhinska internationally renowned harpist, award-winning saxophonist Tony Kofi, favourite bassist Larry Bartley and virtuoso drummer Joel Prime star in this highly anticipated show. Together they showcase their musical skills through the art of beautiful melodies and jazz harmonies, within a truly intimate performance. The gig features the timeless tunes of Duke Ellington, Randy Weston, Alice and John Coltrane, improvised material, as well as a host of original compositions written especially for this unique quartet. £10/ £7.50 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

1000 Trades Presents: Mummy Was An Asteroid 8pm–12am

Join your JQ neighbour Luke Brooke for a stroll, a skip and a wiggle down the less-travelled 70s boulevards where Prog meets Glam, paved with fine artists like of Eno/ Roxy Music/ Sparks/ King Crimson/ Phil Manzanera/ 801/ John Cale/ Quiet Sun/ Steve Hillage/ Colosseum/ Kevin Ayers and many more.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 9 FEBRUARY

1000 Trades Presents: The Yardbird Sessions 7pm–12am

Birmingham’s much-missed jazz and funk bar lives on….Ollie Lloyd brings the funky hybrid sounds of The Yardbird for the latest instalment of DJ sessions, digging deep into his record collection to create the trademark Yardbird sound of dusty deep funk, latin, dancefloor jazz and instrumental grooves! Free. See Facebook events page for more details

TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Birmingham Entrepreneurs Meetup 6.30–9.30pm

Monthly opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs at different stages of business. Try out a new business idea in a safe and constructive environment. Free. Register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Entrepreneurs-Meetup-Group

THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Poetry App Overhear Ongoing

Overhear, described as an ‘app-based hyper-local poetry map’, enables people to unlock unique recordings from local Birmingham poets and add them to a streamable playlist in an app by visiting specific locations in Birmingham, including 1000 Trades. The brainchild of local performance artist Tom Peel, the aim is to link up inspiring local poetry that might otherwise get lost in the internet with specific locations through an easy-to-use app available to all. Free. More details and download the app via overhearbrum.com

Walking Tour Overhear 4.30–6pm

As part of the Verve Poetry Festival, join Ray Macfarlane and Ben Waddington for a not-your-average walking tour around the Jewellery Quarter taking in the buildings and streets that have inspired poetry with stops at the Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham Whiskey Club, 1000 Trades and The Wolf. £6. More details and tickets via vervepoetryfestival.com

Birmingham Freelancers Meetup 6–8pm

This meetup group is for freelancers, aspiring freelancers, side hustlers, or those who work from home in Birmingham and the West Mids. The aim is to get out of the house (or co-working space) and get together for relaxed networking, business insights, and co-working opportunities, meeting every second Thursday of the month. Free. More details and to register via meetup.com/Birmingham-Work-At-Home-Meetup

Salt & Earth Valentines Special

Let Salt & Earth take care of your Valentines evening with a candlelit three course set menu (with veggie option) including kir royale on arrival. £10pp. Sittings at 7pm, 7.30pm. 9pm and 9.30pm. More details and to book via 1000trades.org.uk

FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Walking Tour Overhear 3–5pm

As part of the Verve Poetry Festival, join Ray Macfarlane and Ben Waddington for a not-your-average walking tour around the Jewellery Quarter taking in the buildings and streets that have inspired poetry with stops at the Gunmakers Arms, Birmingham Whiskey Club, 1000 Trades and The Wolf, ending at the Overhear launch event at the Hippodrome with the option of the Verve festival Friday night programme at the Old Rep (beginning 6.30pm). £6. More details and tickets via vervepoetryfestival.com

Birmingham Jazz Presents: Followed by Thirteen 7.45pm

Henrik Jensen leads his own quartet ‘Followed By Thirteen’ which he founded in 2010 with compositions that are thoughtful, playful, bursting with energy, at times melancholic. There is space in the arrangements, with room for each member of the quartet to express themselves. The group released their second album ‘Blackwater’ in September 2016, which featured Andre Canniere-trumpet, Esben Tjalve-piano, and Antonio Fusco-drums, and received some outstanding reviews including the Guardian and Evening Standard. £10/£7.50 members/ £3 students. Tickets via birminghamjazz.co.uk (more on the door)

SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Coughing Pigeon 8pm–12am

Join Coughing Fit and Pigeonhole head honchos George Bate and Jon Harris for a strictly vinyl night of  curiosities take up the controls taking in everything from foot-tapping alternative, less travelled indie to 80s italo disco and 90s deep house. You can also listen to their show live on Brum Radio every Friday 6pm-8pm. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Soul & Peace 3–6pm

Barefoot in the Head and Grapevine controller Nick Byng brings the Sunday vibes to 1000 Trades for a chilled out soundtrack to your Sunday roast.  Free. See Facebook events page for more details

WEDNESDAY 20 FEBRUARY

Kamikaze Club Open Mic 7.30–10.30pm

The Kamikaze Club return for another Open Mic comedy session. Fresh acts looking for a spot, as well as pros looking to shine up their material will be on hand to keep hilarity at a high. Free. More details via facebook.com/TheKamikazeClub

THURSDAY 21 FEBRUARY
1000 Trades Presents: Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab 7.30–10pm

For the month of February, Phil Thomson’s Arts Lab is handing over the reins to visual artist and performance poet Vincent Stokes for an evening that is sure to both delight and unsettle audiences in equal measure. Bringing together a handful of the region’s most promising artists, writers and  musicians, Vincent has carefully curated an evening that will carry your mind along the curbs of this bleeding world – curiosity will not go unrewarded. Open mic slots are on offer, subject to availability (sign up at 7pm). Free. See Facebook events page for more details

FRIDAY 22 FEBRUARY

1000 Trades Presents: Fixed Wheels of Steel 8pm–12am

After a hectic few months for the brewery including the opening of a new bar we welcome back Fixed Wheel head honcho Scott Povey to the decks-under-the-discoball, for another round of Fixed Wheels Of Steel for some more beer and beat matching! As always some rare or new Fixed Wheel beers on the taps to wash it down. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY
NOW HAM – A Night of Credible 80s 8pm–12am

Bannish Banarama, Kybosh Kylie and Erase Europe ….our monthly night dedicated to proper music from the most underrated decade since the last one. . Featuring the likes of Japan/ Talk Talk/ Scritti Politti/ Vissage/ Bauhaus/ Haircut 100/ King/ Depeche Mode/ Orange Juice/ The Chameleons/ China Crisis/ The The/ Aztec Camera/ The Associates/ The Cure/ Tom Tom Club/ Lotus Eaters/ Heaven 17/ New Order/ Prefab Sprout/ Talking Heads/ Altered Images/ The Teardrop Explodes/ Tears for Fears/ Art of Noise/ Simple Minds. With DJ Jon Harris. Free. See Facebook events page for more details

SUNDAY 24 FEBRUARY
I don’t know what it is, but it sure is funky + Jazz//Roast All day

Three hours of funky music with DJ Stig to chill out your Sunday after a 1000 Trades roast. Or: the perfect filling for your regular jazz sandwich (1–3pm live duo downstairs; jazz jam from 6pm). Free

MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY

Maker Monday 5.30–8.30pm

Ever wanted to create and develop the latest innovative art and technology applications, while collaborating with media experts and researchers at the same time? Maker Monday is that opportunity, designed as a monthly event focused on combining the expertise of individuals in both arts and technology in a collaborative space. There’s even free beer and food! Free. See facebook.com/makermonday for details of this month’s theme and to register

WEDNESDAY 27 FEBRUARY

Social Circle @1000 Trades 5.30–8pm

Fifth outing for monthly meetup hosted by JQ face Kirsty Smith. Social Circle was born from monthly get-togethers between friends, where they’d gather round with a few drinks and chat about the latest in social media marketing. Everyone welcome. Free. More details and to register via Eventbrite. Also see ‘A Schooner with..’ on 1000 Trades blog.