Live Music & Events


19

May

The Brum Beatles – Sunday Matinee

19/05/2024 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

☆Summer Matinee Sessions in the Garden with THE BRUM BEATLES☆

*** Doors 1pm
*** Music kicks off 2pm
*** Tickets: £10 + Booking Fee | MOTD
*** https://skiddle.com/e/37161857

MUSIC LOVERS

A tasty Blues, Funk & Soul twist to some of the best known songs, of the most popular band in the history of modern music…

A delicious feast of an afternoon delivered by some of Brum’s finest

Gary Meechan – Guitar/vocals
Roy Adams – Drums
Chris Aldridge – Sax
Tony Arris – Keys
Dan Machin – Guitar
Colin Peters – Bass

A line-up drawn from the Climax Blues Band and the Soul Survivors create new arrangements to Beatle classics, combining blues and soul grooves to bring a freshness and new vibe to some well-known songs. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Brum Beatles style.

Bio
We are The BrumBeatles. We cover Beatles songs but in Blues, Soul, Rock or Funk feel.

The Brum Beatles are:
From The Climax Blues Band:
Roy Adams (drums), Chris Aldridge (sax) Dan Machin (guitar) and

31

May

Manola Bandinu Band

31/05/2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday 31st May
•The Blue Piano LIVE: Manola Bandinu Band•

Modern Latin Jazz & Jazz Fusion tunes you love & tunes you forgotten you loved with a delicious twist…

Music lovers this is a new project delivered to you by Manola Bandinu & her band – NOT TO BE MISSED!

Line up:
Manola Bandinu ~ Vocals
Chris Brown ~ Drums
Ola Brown ~ BVs
Fitz Storrod ~ Keys
Patrick White ~ Bass

• Bar/garden/restaurant open: 5pm
• Music: 7.30pm
• Free entry.

Come join us in the beautiful surroundings of The Blue Piano & create musical memories️️

Bio⬇️

Manola Bandinu was born and raised in Sardinia and has been in the industry since she was 14 years old.

Being the daughter of an accomplished drum player in the 60s and surrounded by music since she was a child, a creative passion for several music genres developed an influenced, jazzy-fusion performance was born…

From humble beginnings in local bands, Manola performed on various stages around Italy, gaining attention and appreciation for her vocality and stage presence from well known Italian artists and musicians.

Currently, her prolific creativity is exploring and developing musical expression with her personal project which sees her and her band perform well known hits in a jazzy-fusion style.

Manola wanted a specific sound for her project and this has been achieved by collaborating with Mr Patrick White on bass and adding Chris Brown on drums, Fitz Starrod on keyboard and the sultry Ms Ola Brown on backing vocals.

Be prepared because Manola loves to be surrounded by her musical friends, so the family can expand quite easily with other incredible musicians and singers added to the mix!

Manola is a seasoned professional when it comes to all musical things; from performing and producing to managing and sound engineering.

07

Jun

Ellie Jones & The Giants

07/06/2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Friday 7th June:

★The Blue Piano LIVE: Ellie Jones & The Giants★
Friday 7th June

• Bar/garden/restaurant open from 5pm
• Music: First set 7.30pm
• Free entry.

Ellie Jones & The Giants are a group of eclectic musicians who come together to play the songs you love & the songs you’d forgotten you loved with a delicious fresh twist!

• Ellie – vocals/guitar, boasts a unique smooth lounge & easy-listening voice & funky guitar style – supported by talented musicians, each delivering their own skill, elements & entertainment…

Enjoy a night of sophisticated, jazzy, slick & instinctive music to fun, spontaneous & party-like tunes, covering all genres across the decades.

Ellie Jones & The Giants –
the band guaranteed to get you up dancing!

21

Jun

A Summer Evening of Jazz with Sheila Waterfield

21/06/2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

 

  • Friday 21st June

    ★Photo credit: Mr Garry Corbett★

    Friday 21st June…
    ◆The Blue Piano LIVE: A Summer Evening of Jazz with Sheila Waterfield◆

    “A beautifully warm, expressive voice”
    Ron Bailey, Jazz Live

    Sheila Waterfield is a UK based vocalist, composer and band leader with a style that draws upon jazz, blues, soul, folk and Latin influences…

    Check out this sharp line up:
    Sheila Waterfield – Vocals
    Tim Amann – Keys
    Sam Rogers – Sax
    Trevor Lines – Bass
    Our special pal….drum roll please
    Keith York – Drums

    A delicious, musical feast to keep you cool on these warm summer evenings…complemented with exquisite cocktails>>& the wanders of our South-East Asian menu.

    This is a night for you Jazz Lovers!

    • PLEASE NOTE •
    During the interval the hat will be passed around to tip the musicians.
    • Music in the garden: 1st set 7.00pm…ish
    • Free entry.
    • Bar/garden/restaurant/dining lounge open from 5pm.
    • Diners please call or email to reserve your table:
    0121 454 6877
    info@thebluepiano.co.uk
    www.thebluepiano.co.uk

    Bios⬇️
    A beautifully warm, expressive voice”
    Ron Bailey, Jazz Live

    Sheila is a UK based vocalist, composer and band leader with a style that draws upon jazz, blues, soul, folk and Latin influences. Working in all musical settings from a piano duo up to a 17 piece Big Band, Sheila can be seen performing at jazz venues, events and festivals throughout the Country and overseas. She regularly guests with many of the UK’s top Big Bands whilst performing with her own band. She is an established name on the UK jazz scene and has performed at
    London’s Jazz Cafe, The Millennium Dome, CBS Arena, Ronnie Scott’s and has been a regular feature at the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival over several years. She enjoys collaborations and performances with many of the UK’s top musicians. Her latest album ‘Every Sunrise’ released in 2023 is made up of Sheila’s own compositions – the songs tell stories of loss, hope, love, self discovery, gratitude and belief.

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    TIM AMANN
    A History graduate of Cambridge, and a full-time teacher of History and
    Politics, Tim is a well-established jazz pianist, composer and band leader in the West Midlands. His Xtet group was first formed in the 1990s to
    perform a range of mainly original material that has won loyal audiences and critical recognition far and wide. With this group he has recorded three albums, toured and recorded in Germany, Switzerland and twice in Russia and Scotland.

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    SAM ROGERS ~ Sax
    A powerhouse saxophonist who is also capable of great lyricism, Sam has been entertaining audiences around the world for many years and has lost none of his energy. A dynamic player and a force of nature, you will not want to miss him!

    Described recently in The Jazz Review as “a fine player, at times reminiscent of Coltrane and Getz”, Sam is an experienced and versatile musician. Now a fully professional player, Sam took up the saxophone at the age of nine. Following early experience in the Wolverhampton Young Entertainers and the Wolverhampton Orchestra, performing a range of classical and other styles of music, Sam developed his jazz musicianship in the much respected Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra with whom he rapidly emerged as a key featured soloist. He joined the Walsall Jazz Orchestra at thirteen and since then he has won the prestigious Musicians Union “Best Saxophonist” award in their national big band competition on two separate occasions. In 1998 he was offered a free year’s scholarship to study music at Miami State University following his blistering performance with the Walsall Jazz Orchestra at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

    Sam has performed with several established stars including Victor Mendoza, Olaf Vaz, Andy Sheppard, Bobby Shew, Julian Arguelles, Guy Barker and Arturo Sandoval. He has been much in demand for live performance and recording from a variety of musical directions including funk, soul, salsa and hip-hop. As a result Sam is as comfortable with these styles as he is with jazz.

    At the present time he performs regularly with the Walsall Jazz Orchestra, Svengali (modern jazz big band), Orchestra Huracan (salsa – latin), Goldblade (punk) and Papa Mantra (britpop), Del Camino (salsa – latin) Butcher’s Brew (soulful – latin – funky – jazz) and many more!

    He has twice toured with former Shirley Bassey MD Mike Alexander’s Orchestra accompanying singer Jane McDonald, including appearances on Granada TV.
    Sam has been a member of the Tim Amann Quartet since its inception in 1995 and turns in a storming display on the albums “Xtet” and “The Scarecrows”

    His naturally charismatic live playing makes him a popular and exciting performer and he is capable of attacking flair and flamboyant technique but also of considerable taste and sensitivity in his playing.

    An absolute pleasure to announce this cheeky & extremely talented young chap will be with us this evening.

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    KEITH YORK is the very definition of a professional musician, having toured more than 40 countries around the world with numerous acclaimed bands including The Lightning Seeds and The Orb to name but two. He has played thousands of gigs and festivals including Glastonbury, The Montreux Jazz Festival and Coachella. Keith’s TV work includes appearances on Later with Jools Holland and Top of The Pops.
    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_York

28

Jun

28/06/2024 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please note there is no live music this evening!

 

Bar/garden open from 12pm – 10pm

Restaurant open from 12pm – 3pm and from 5pm till 9:30pm

Happy Hour from 12pm – 6pm  (2 cocktails for £12 )

05

Jul

C-‘Jam

05/07/2024 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

  • The Blue Piano LIVE: C-‘JAM•
    Friday 5th JulyBirmingham’s finest & stomping RnB favourites C-JAM are BACK by popular demand!

    C-Jam’s varied repertoire of blues/soul/funk/jazz/latin/dylan/beatlesdan for your pleasure…

    Check out this slick line up

    Brian Badhams ~ Keys/vocals
    Bob Wilson ~ Lead guitar/vocals
    Neil Simpson ~ Bass
    Roy Adams ~ Drums.

    (Steve Gibbons Band, Ruby Turner, Elkie Brooks, Climax Blues Band, Roy Wood…to name but a few who these fine boys have performed with)

    Music lovers, you KNOW this is a night not to be missed!

    • Join us in the bar for some cocktails& pre gig drinks
    from 5pm
    • Bar/garden/restaurant/dining lounge open: 5pm
    • Music: 1st set 7.30pm
    • Free entry.
    • Diners please call or email to reserve a table:
    0121 454 6877
    info@thebluepiano.co.uk
    www.thebluepiano.co.uk

    Bios⬇️

    Brian Badhams: Keyboards and vocals, a firm favourite and long time member of the Elkie Brooks Band. Brian also toured with
    Steve Gibbons and Ruby Turner for many years
    bringing his own brand of musical excellence to the stage.
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    Bob Wilson:
    Lead guitar and vocals:
    Many years with The Steve Gibbons Band, Bob was a founder member, he played on all the albums in the early years, also appearing on Top of the Pops performing Tulane and touring the States with Steve supporting The Who. Bob also appeared on Top of the Pops with the Ruby Turner Band during his twenty some years with the soul diva.
    Bob is still much in demand as a session player and music teacher.
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    Frank Walker:
    Bass player
    “I’ve enjoyed working with some very exceptional musicians and singers over these many years on the boards and I guess I don’t
    need to name check them here but I thank them all”

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    Roy Adams: Drums

    Roy began playing drums at the age of sixteen, and rapidly became one of the Midlands most respected and in demand drummers, for both recording and
    live shows.
    Apart from Roy Wood tours, he is a permanent member of the Climax Blues Band, and has also performed with Ruby Turner, the Steve Gibbons Band, Tony Christie and is a favourite drummer amongst touring American artistes – having played with the late Chuck Berry!

12

Jul

12/07/2024 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Please note there is no music live music this evening!

 

Bar/garden/restaurant open from 5pm till 10pm

 

19

Jul

Tash Buxton & The Money Makers

19/07/2024 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

  • Friday 19th July~The Blue Piano LIVE: Tash Buxton & The Money Makers•

    Kick-start your weekend with us – Blues | R’n’B | Soul | Jazz | Funk guaranteed!

    The band’s debut performance at The Blue Piano went down a storm soo…back by popular demand & delivered by one of our favourite drummers on the scene – Tash Buxton along with her dynamic outfit make a welcome return to The BP SO you will need to N°1 #savethedate & N°2 #notmissit!

    The line up…drum roll please★★★

    Tash Buxton-Drums
    Dave Stevenson-Guitar/Vocals
    Liam Holloran-Keys
    Stephen Morgan-Bass

    • Join us in the bar for some cheeky cocktails& pre-show drinks
    from 5pm
    • Bar/Restaurant/dining lounge open: 5pm
    • Music 1st set 7.00pm…ish
    • Free admission.

    • Tash Buxton and The Money Makers are a brand new Birmingham based four piece live band, playing classic and contemporary Blues, RnB, Soul, Jazz and funk.

    Led by Jam House regular drummer Tash Buxton, the band showcases the very best of midlands musical talent with David Stevenson on lead guitar and vocals, Wayne Matthews on bass, Liam Halloran on Piano, Hammond and Rhodes and Tash Buxton on drums.

    The band channel the classic guitar driven blues of BB King, Freddie King, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix together with contemporary blues by Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Robert Cray and John Mayer.

    Whilst Blues is the main dish on the Money Maker’s menu, they also serve up classic and modern Soul, Jazz and Funk in equal measures with songs by Gregory Porter, William Bell, James Brown, Omar, Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway.

    Relax, kick back and enjoy an evening of delicious live music with Tash Buxton and the Money Makers.

    Bios:
    • Tash Buxton:
    Drums

    Tash is Birmingham’s leading female session drummer with some 19 years performing at The Jam House and a range of leading bands including Fat Chops Big Band, Dino Baptiste, Elle-J Walters.

    She is the drummer of choice for numerous jazz, blues, RnB, soul and funk bands in the Midlands.

    Tash is The Money Makers Musical Director and band leader and conceived the idea of putting together a blazing team of outstanding Brummie musicians to bring contemporary blues, RnB, Soul, Funk and Jazz to new audiences.

    Tash Buxton and the Money Makers are planning a busy year playing gigs and festivals throughout the UK in 2024 and potentially Europe and further afield in 2025.

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    David Stevenson:
    Vocals| Guitar

    David is a grade 8 classical guitarist and grade 7 pianist who started treading the boards in his teenage years appearing at The Night Out in Birmingham at the tender age of just 11!

    By the time he was 14 he had joined The Dream Factory a 1980’s Mod band who had a hit with
    Wine and Roses and came close to securing a major record deal but were pipped to it by The Stone Roses and the rest is history!

    David has had a lifelong passion for all styles of roots music including Blues, RnB, Jazz, Soul, Ska and Reggae and fronting The Money Makers represents fulfilment of lifetime ambition.

    He has played at many prestigious venues including both Ronnie Scott’s in London and Birmingham, The Cavern in Liverpool, The 100 Club, The Lexington, Half Moon in Putney, The Jam House, The Hare and Hounds and is a regular at The Actress and Bishop.

    His original music band The Restless Souls are gearing up to release their first two singles this summer featuring an A list band of musicians. Watch this space…..!

    David plays Gibson, Fender and Taylor guitars and uses Mesa Boogie, Blackstar and Vox amplification.

    Instagram: David_stevenson_official

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20

Jul

Steve Gibbons Band + Dave Onions

20/07/2024 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm

★The Blue Piano LIVE: Steve Gibbons Band +Dave Onions★

Saturday 20th July~Rock legend & Broad Street Walk of Stars Award recipient, Steve Gibbons +Dave Onions LIVE!

S.G. Band line up:
Steve Gibbons Vocals, guitar
John Caswell Guitar
Simon Smith Bass
Chris Emery Drums

+ DJ Dylan

With a huge international following Steve has worked & toured with many bands including The Who, Little Feat, Lynyrd Skynrd, E.L.O. & more.

Steve currently appears as a solo artist & The Steve Gibbons Band & with a huge repertoire of original material to draw on, his set list is always fresh and surprising. Long live rock and roll!

‘Cool, voice perfect and handsomely road worn.’ – Pete Townsend
https://www.facebook.com/stevegibbonsband

This is going to be a great night of live music & where better to see him than in the beautiful surroundings of The Blue Piano!

Doors: 5.00 p.m.
Music: 7.00pm
Tickets: £15adv/More otd⬇️
http://skiddle.com/e/37272680/

www.thebluepiano.co.uk

Support⬇️
A welcome return to the brilliant Dave Onions…

Enjoy a great blend of rootsy, folky & blues music, some humour accompanied with a number of instrumentals that showcase his finger-picking techniques & uniquely, distinctive, percussive guitar style.

This is going to be a splendid night of live music. Do not miss it!

Whet your appetite with exquisite food & flowing drinks in our bar & restaurant, then join us in the garden for some musical mischief!

Join us…you know you want to…
www.thebluepiano.co.uk

***PLEASE NOTE***
* Bar and restaurant will be open from 5pm and a reservation for dining is recommended.
* This is an outdoor event.
* There is very limited seating – seats are not guaranteed.
* Seating and tables in the garden cannot be reserved.
* All dining bookings will be for the restaurant but can be moved outside (depending on availability) on the day.

Bio:
Legendary singer-songwriter & instrumentalist Dave Onions musical career started at 17 years old, playing in a 3 piece progress blues band, “Anubis” playing a mixture of self-penned material & blues covers, then followed periods with “MoBirch” & “Little Acre” & “Four on the Floor”

Dave currently performs as a dynamic solo artist, playing acoustic guitar & mandolin.
He has released 3 albums, where he plays many additional instruments which include electric & bass guitars, banjo, ukulele & percussion.
www.daveonions.co.uk

26

Jul

A Summer Evening of Jazz

26/07/2024 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Bios
“With great power comes great responsibility”

• Chris Bowden is a British alto saxophonist, composer and arranger, working across a variety of genres from acoustic jazz to hip hop and drum and bass. As well as his solo releases he has contributed to music by 4Hero, The Herbaliser and the Heritage Orchestra among others. He is currently active with The Tomorrow Band and Scorched Earth.

Originally from Birmingham, UK, he began his professional career with The K-Creative in the early 90s acid jazz boom and also worked with Palm Skin Productions, Jessica Lauren and Jhelisa Anderson. His first solo album, Time Capsule (released by Soul Jazz in 1996) is a sprawling trip through funk and latin-infused jazz, a core quartet (sax, keys, bass and drums) augmented with strings, percussion and wordless backing vocals.

Bowden was then invited to work with 4Hero, developing an organic, jazz & soul-influenced take on drum and bass for the album Two Pages (1998). He played live with them and collaborated on a single, Hero. During this period Bowden also performed and MDd with James Mason on his Rhythm Of Life tour, and Doug Carn with a set compiled from his Black Jazz Records catalogue.

Following extensive work with The Herbaliser and a contribution to the legendary Xen Cuts compilation, Bowden’s second solo album Slightly Askew – gaining five star reviews
and performed and broadcast live on BBC Radio to open the London Jazz Festival – was released by Ninja Tune in 2002, further expanding on the blueprint of Time Capsule. The album became associated with the “future jazz” movement and led to to three BBC Jazz Award nominations and sell-out performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, London’s Jazz Cafe and Cargo. In 2004-5 he joined The Heritage Orchestra, a group of over 40 musicians which added several of his compositions to its repertoire and played at London’s Barbican Centre, the Montreaux Jazz Festival and the Big Chill Festival.

Following his densely orchestrated solo albums and work with the Heritage Orchestra, a period of “revelatory self-discovery” and a contribution to a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album, he formed The Tomorrow Band, a trio of just sax, bass and drums. They’ve released two albums on Rehab Records: 3 To Get Ready (2007) and 2 To Get Set (2008), both of which focus on jazz standards rather than original compositions. He’s also part of Mike Gates’s Scorched Earth project, mixing jazz with folk-inspired guitar and vocals on the album Resistance to the passage of sound.

http://chrisbowden.net/

• James Owston (BBC Young Jazz Musician 2018) – Double bass

“Owston played with a skill and maturity beyond his years, his tone big and resonant, his time keeping immaculate and his solos highly dexterous and consistently engaging.” The Jazz Man.

James Owston is a Birmingham based double bassist and a highly active member of the UK Jazz scene.

In 2018 James performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall as a Finalist in the BBC Young Jazz Musician Award.

In 2019 James made his debut as a Composer which has led to collaborations with across the UK and America.

https://www.jamesowston.com/

• James (Jim) Bashford – Drums
Jim Bashford, a veteran of the local scene, is a drummer and composer who resides in Birmingham UK.
He is a faculty member at the Birmingham Conservatoire Jazz Course; a course in which he studied back in 2004 under drum tutors such as the great Tony Levin, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams and Malcolm Garrett!

Jim has been a great mentor to many young musicians coming out of the Birmingham scene for many years and has developed and evolved his style alongside many legends including Drew Gress, Jean Toussaint and Hilmar Jensen.

• Toby Boalch – Keys
Birmingham-based pianist Toby Boalch is a familiar face on the scene, having appeared as a sideman with such local heroes as Percy Purseglove, Mike Williams, Chris Bowden and Jonathan Silk, as well as performing and touring with jazz luminaries Jean Toussaint, Mark Nightingale, Andy Panayi and Gene Calderazzo. As a bandleader and composer, Toby recorded and toured with his his sextet in 2013 (featuring Chris Maddock, John Fleming, Richard Foote, Jonathan Silk and Nick Jurd) resulting in his first album ‘State of Play’. In 2019 Toby toured his quartet (featuring Brigitte Beraha, Euan Palmer and Nick Jurd), and is now planning the recording of his second album.

We are thrilled to welcome this quartet back to the Blue Piano….some of the finest players currently on the scene.

Join us…