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A new virtual event is currently taking place across the 10 July days originally earmarked for the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival - which has had to be postponed until the autumn due to Covid-19 (16 - 25 October).
The Virtual, But Remarkably Real, Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival runs until 26 July.
The event's organisers said in a statement: "Everyone is invited to join us online from 8am onwards daily for a different programme every day, featuring regular features, a bunch of random thoughts, memories and anecdotes - some of them actually true."
Wish We Were There: Greetings and exclusive performance clips from festival favourites, including The Schwings [Lithuania], The Jim Dandies [Italy], Les Zauto Stompers de Paris [France], The Potato Head Jazz Band [Spain], Saxitude [Luxembourg] and New Orleans Jump Band [Spain].
Once Upon A Time In Jazzland: Featuring Charles Brown, Madeleine Peyroux on Billie Holiday, King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, The Mighty Flea and more.
Don't Worry 'Bout The Bear: Extracts from the critically acclaimed history of Birmingham's Big Bear Records, organisers of the festival.
Waxing Lyrical: Classic albums recorded in Birmingham featuring festival artists.
Painting The Town: The art of Dave Newbould
The Daily Sketch: Artistic highlights from the annual Jazz Festival Sketch Crawl
The Nearly Moving Picture Show: A series of classic photofilms
The Digby Fairweather Live Jazz Quiz
There will also be numerous snippets from the festival’s 35-year history, featuring contributions from, among others, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie Orchestra, Buddy Rich Orchestra, Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, The Blues Brothers Band, BB King, Albert King, Freddy King and The Buddy Guy/Junior Wells Band.
Content will be published daily at 8am on www.birminghamjazzfestival.com/virtualfestival and available to view thereafter.
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