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3rd Dec, 2021

Bromsgrove to get its first jazz festival as part of 'Welcome Back' programme

THE SOUNDS of saxophones will be filling the air in Bromsgrove from November 26 to 28 when the town’s first ever jazz festival is held.

Jazz around Town will bring live music to several venues in the town centre and surrounding areas, starting off with Saximised playing The Dry Spy in St John Street at 8pm on Friday, November 26.

Also on the opening night will be the Joe Masterson Trio at The Ewe and Lamb (7pm) and Seanne Yarded at Bayleys of Bromsgrove (7.15pm).

On the Saturday (November 27), Saximised will be at Bayleys of Bromsgrove (7pm) and the Joe Masterson Trio will take to the stage at The Dry Spy (8pm). Seanne Yarded will also be at the No.3A (8pm).

And on the Sunday (November 28), Lady and the Sax will take to the stage at the Dry Spy at 11am.

More venues and performers are signing up to be part of the festival. Visit bromsgrove.gov.uk for the latest additions.

The entertainment programme – under the ‘Your People, Your Places, Your Bromsgrove’ banner – was launched last month using the Government’s ‘Welcome Back’ funds aimed at helping help areas bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coun Karen May, Bromsgrove District Council leader and portfolio holder for Economic Regeneration, said the first one was excellent and she could not wait to see residents enjoying the latest installment.

“It is so important that our residents benefit from the Welcome Back funds whether that is investing the money in street furniture, community clean-up projects or events like this one.

“Heading into Christmas, after a particularly tough 18 months for everyone, this is a prime opportunity to book a table at your local venue and let your hair down and relax with some fantastic music, food and drink.”

A series of projects will be run during the next six months as the Council and NWEDR work across the district’s centres to spend the money allocated by the Welcome Back Fund. The pot comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is to support the safe return to high streets and help build back better from the pandemic.

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