July 3rd to 12th 2015


188 Performances with bands from UK, Australia, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Sweden, USA

181 Free Performances and 7 ticketed

74 Venues

Two Exhibitions of Birmingham Jazz and Blues photography – fifty years apart

32 Performances in a Festival-Within-A-Festival: “Holiday In Birmingham” celebrated the Billie Holiday Centenary with participation from artists from UK, Italy, France, Lithuania and Czech Republic.

Two Discussions by nationally-known broadcasters and journalists – “Billie In Print” and “Being Prez”

One Exhibition of authentic Billie memorabilia including letters from Lady Day herself – Smethwick Library

One Live Album recorded in tribute to Billie Holliday by leading UK musicians at Library of Birmingham theatre for international release on CD and online on April 14th 2016 – Billie Holiday’s 101st Birthday

One Beer produced in tribute to Lady Day – Billie’s Brew

Eleven Free Music Workshops for Youngsters

Two Free Lindy Hop and Jitterbug Dance Workshops

One Photography Workshop Project for photographers of all ages and abilities.

Two Free Ukulele Workshops for all-comers

One Pop-Up Dancehall with Swing Bands, Lindy-Hoppers tuition and Social Dancing

One Record Fair for records, CDs, memorabilia, posters, programmes, autographs and more.

One Jazz Canal Boat Trip

One album launch for Birmingham band on a Birmingham record label for International distribution on CD and online

As well as: One cancellation and only Four Parking Tickets [a record!]


One momentous and huge collaboration between 76 Birmingham organisations – and contributions from The Arts Council, The Republic of Lithuania and The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

All of which add up to


[2014 Figure: 90,622] and an economic impact of £3.44 m

Further information available from Festival Director Jim Simpson:

Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, Po Box 944, Birmingham, B16 8UT Tel: 0121 454 7020 –