BASS Festival 2010 Investigates Jazz

BASS Festival 2010 Investigates Jazz

The history of Jazz, from Funk to Fusion to Acid, will be brought firmly into the fore during this year’s BASS Festival (British Arts and Street Sounds). The figurehead of the UK Acid Jazz scene, Snowboy will be master of ceremonies on Sunday 13th June at the new mac.

‘Beyond the Ballroom’ will look at the rise of Jazz Funk and the development of Acid Jazz whilst revealing a remarkable piece of dance history. A free jazz dance workshop will kick off the proceedings in the afternoon and participants will be able to learn some extra special moves ready for the evening when Mark ‘Snowboy’ Cotgrove’s will open his record collection and takes to the turntables. Dick Jewell’s film ‘The Jazz Room’ will also be screened and audience members will be able to put their questions to Snowboy as he takes part in a Q&A about the scene and

signs copies of his acclaimed new book ‘From Jazz Funk & Fusion to Acid jazz: The History Of The UK Jazz Dance Scene’.

Taking place for the fifth consecutive year, BASS Festival is Punch Records’ flagship event and the UK’s only month-long celebration of Black music and art. This year’s programme will see a range of music and arts events in venues across Birmingham. The 2010 theme is DNA, looking at both personal DNA and the heritage of music. Jazz is one of many genres being explored in the festival.

‘Beyond the Ballroom’ starts at 4pm on Sunday 13th June 2010 at the mac. Tickets cost £6. To book visit ‘Beyond the Ballroom’ Jazz Dance Workshop is on Sunday 13th June 2010 from 1 – 3pm also at the mac. Participation is free.

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