Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival Line Up for Sunday 8th July

Sister Sledge

Sister Sledge are undisputedly one of the most iconic female groups of all time. As the pages of the Chicago Tribune have asserted, Sister Sledge “has the stuff legends are made of.” Sisters, Debbie and Kim (sister Kathy stepped away from the ensemble in… Read more

Roy Ayers

Roy Edward Ayers, Jr. was born in Los Angeles, California on September 10, 1940. Music has always been in his genes. His mother, Ruby, was a schoolteacher and local piano instructor and his father, Roy Sr., was a sometimes-parking attendant and trombonist. As it… Read more

Fred Wesley & The New JBs

Fred Wesley is the trombonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and author known worldwide as one of the architects of funk music. Fred’s work with the Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown in the 1970s established him as the world’s funkiest trombonist. He is also famed… Read more

Ezra Collective

Ezra Collective are taking Jazz to a new place . Respect and influence from the greats before them, but with an undoubtable and undeniable grit – JME is on board with his signature copy of their first EP and front row at their 2… Read more

Laura Misch

Saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch’s one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres by exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound. She debuted her solo set in Autumn 2016 at the Camden Assembly alongside jazz and soul luminaries Soweto Kinch, Andrew Ashong,… Read more

Yazmin Lacey

Yazmin Lacey sings with the directness and emotional clarity of classic soul. Having written in her bedroom for her whole life, she began to play acoustic shows in 2014. As her reputation grew locally in Nottingham, she came to meet the diverse group of… Read more

Noya Rao

Purveyors of enigmatic dreamscapes and organic, danceable electronica, Leeds-based, electronic-soul quartet Noya Rao are set to release their debut album, Icaros, this November. Founded by producer Tom Henry (Cosima, Yellow Days) Noya Rao was originally conceived as a solo production project with a separate… Read more


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 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

Neil Rushton (Soulvation)

Neil Rushton returns to Mostly Soul And Jazz two years after hosting the Soulvation Soul Shack parties  at the event. He will be spinning Classic Soul & Jazz Funk at Sunday’s Night Owl sessions. Neil’s DJ career began “way back” at Northern Soul venues… Read more


DJ Gilla is the founder / A&R for First Word Records, home to Children Of Zeus, Tall Black Guy, Eric Lau, Kaidi Tatham, Souleance and many more. Originally a club promoter he ran seminal clubnights Funky Mule and New Bohemia in his adopted city… Read more

The Peaceful Ones

The Peaceful Ones played his first records out sometime in the back end of the 1980’s at the West Indian community centre on the perimeter of Queens park in Bolton. As a kid he started collecting records at the age of 12 and a… Read more

The Night Owl Takeover

Ed Edwards has been spinning on the mod and alternative music scene in Brum since ’83 and regularly DJ’s at the Barefootin’ night at The Night Owl, playing the best in 1960s soul, r&b, mod, instrumental and more. Mazzy Snape is resident DJ and… 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

Tom Mason

Local lad Tom Mason plays funk, soul, reggae, disco, house and old school hip hop all over Birmingham, whether it’s a whisky festival or a fried chicken shop if they’ve got 2 turntables and a mixer he’ll give it a shot at rocking the… 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