Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival Line Up for the Second Stage

David Rodigan

For over 35 years David Rodigan has been the top dog in the bass heavy-atmosphere of Britain’s reggae dance-halls. The key to his success has been an unsinkable passion for reggae music, which first took a hold of him as a schoolboy when he… Read more

Craig Charles

Asked by The Independent to define himself in six words, Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul stalwart and curator Craig Charles said “Late to bed, early to rise”. One look at his vast and wide-ranging CV and you’d agree that has to be true. The… Read more

Layfullstop

Layfullstop is a female hip hop / soul artist from Manchester, by way of Birmingham. Now seen as one of Manchester’s very own, Lay has been performing on stages alongside well established collectives ‘Cul Dè Sac’ and ‘Roots Raddix’, and has managed to build a… Read more

The Allergies

Since forming in 2012 The Allergies have made a name for themselves with their take on sample-led beats and breaks. Over the course of two funk-fuelled albums on Jalapeno Records the dynamic duo of DJ Moneyshot & Rackabeat have stacked up accolades and topped charts… Read more

Tropical Soundclash

Tropical Soundclash is the coming together of DJ / producer Sam Redmore and percussionist The Mighty Magoo. Long-time stalwarts of the Birmingham music scene, Sam has for the best part of a decade rocked numerous dancefloors in the city as both Leftfoot resident and… Read more

Space Ghetto

Space Ghetto formed in 2017 when long-time friends and collaborators Mehdi Langroodi, Josh Barber and Tom Maine needed an outlet for their shared love of funk music and legends such as The JBs, Parliament Funkadelic and J Dilla. Alongside Mehdi on drums, Josh on… Read more

Ash Walker Experience

Ash Walker, London born and bred, is a multifaceted musician, currently signed, as an innovative producer and songwriter for the well establish imprint, Deep Heads. Describing his current sound as trip-hop with an abstract twist, Ash incorporates an intoxicatingly heavy dub reggae bottom end with samples… Read more

The Brass Funkeys

Spirited Second Line Revelry, Galloping Gypsy Czárdas, Soulful Jazz Funeral Marches, Pumping Brass Driven Funk! The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness… Read more

DJ GZ

Jessie Gayle, also known as DJ G-Z, is a freelance music teacher and freelance DJ who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with the wider community. Some of his recent DJ Works includes: The Birmingham Weekender, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Your Lives Matter Youth… Read more

Skeltr

Skeltr’s Spiritual Punk Funk comes at the audience with sumptuous, technically prolific saxophone solos alongside mysterious samples, synths and loopers for a heart-wrenching and thoughtful cascade of modern and technical soulful funk. Having recently warmed up for KNOWER at the London Jazz Fest ’17… Read more

Chris Bowden’s Unlikely Being

Formed in late 2017 Unlikely Being is the uber-exciting group led by saxophonist/composer/arranger Chris Bowden.  This standout quartet features Jim Watson on piano and keys, Chris Dodd on bass and Neil Bullock on drums. Bowden takes the listener on innovative roller-coaster of a ride… Read more

Fervour

Fervour is a band led by esteemed trumpeter Sean Gibbs (known for his work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Young Pilgrims, Calum Gourlay Big Band, Birmingham Jazz Orchestra and many more), featuring some of the UK’s most exciting musicians. They play original music… Read more

Kezia

Born In Moseley Birmingham, Kezia is a truly homegrown talent: a neo Soul jazz funk singer songwriter, highly influenced by artists such as Jill Scott, Mary Wells and Billy Holiday to name a few. Growing up in Moseley, Kezia has been exposed to a… Read more

Madi Saskia

“A Fresh Touch of Class” Madi Saskia is a “young person with an old soul”. Through her music she inspires and influences those around her through her imaginative material. She is one woman who pioneers modern soul, taking her music to venues around the… Read more

Samantha Wright Ensemble

The Double Clarinet Quintet aims to explore the art of the modern jazz quintet while still rooted deeply in the traditions of the jazz clarinet predecessors. Inspired by the mastery of Eddie Daniels, Benny Goodman, Jimmy Giuffre and Eric Dolphy, the quintet combines the… Read more

The Volko Trio

The Volko Trio is a unique family Jazz band composed of Hector (age 12) on the Vibraphone, his sister Calypso (age 9) on the Drums and their father, DJ French Kriss aka MULTIFUNKSHUN on Keyboard and Synth Bass. Together they play an exhilarating mix… Read more

Delano Mills: NotStrictlyJazz

Delano & his band specialise in delivering a diverse mix of jazz funk from the masters of the genre. Their set includes the infectious classic vibes of the late 70’s and early 80’s right up to the sophisticated modern day fusion that itself draws… Read more

Jazzlines Ensemble

The Jazzlines Ensembles provide young musicians from Birmingham and the surrounding areas with the opportunity to develop their ensemble playing skills and learn more about jazz and improvisation through regular workshops and masterclass sessions. The sessions are open to young musicians of all abilities,… Read more