The Mostly Jazz Festival has announced its full line-up with headliners Booker T, Matthew Herbert Big Band and The Cinematic Orchestra all due to perform in Birmingham’s Moseley Park on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd July 2011.
Set to surpass the success of 2010’s inaugural event, Mostly Jazz Festival 2011 will be headlined by Grammy Award winning, groove jazz legend Booker T. Bringing the festivities to a close on Sunday 3rd July, the Hammond alchemist will be filling the park with the iconic sounds of household hits like ‘Green Onions’, ‘Melting Pot’ and the cricket theme tune ‘Soul Limbo’.
Headlining on Saturday 2nd July will be the Matthew Herbert Big Band. A consummate experimenter and a man of endless talents Matthew Herbert entered the realms of big band jazz and brought it well and truly up to date utilising electronic equipment and sampling everyday objects.
We’ve added a third day to Mostly Jazz in 2011; on Friday 1st July we have The Cinematic Orchestra (featured above) topping the bill with this summer’s only UK performance. Jason Swiscoe ( Ninja Tunes) formed his orchestra in the late 1990’s using live Jazz improvisation and electronic sound and aswell as a string of successful albums their music has been widely used for TV credits and adverts.
Champions of the airwaves, BBC Radio DJs Craig Charles and Gilles Peterson will also be lending a helping hand. On Friday, Gilles will be introducing some of his favourite contemporary acts including soulful songstress Alice Russell, German minimalist electronic jazz trio Brandt Brauer Frick and the instrumentals of Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra. Sunday will be transformed into the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, and Craig will be bringing along Smoove & Turrell for their first live band performance in Birmingham and the modern Afrobeat of the Ariya Astrobeat Arkestra.
There will also be Main Stage performances from Pigbag, Brassroots, Milestones playing Miles Davis’ Kind of Blu