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A square image showing a curved red bricked building with a cobbled flooring underneath. The sky above is blue. In the middle of the image are two logos; one is a yellow smiley face logo and the one underneath is a blue rectangle with the words 'Jazz & Blues'. Above and to the right of the box are the words 'Birmingham' and 'Festival.

Event | Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival

Drop into the Roundhouse as we host the award winning Traveling Janes on Sunday 21st July, as part of the 40th Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival! This FREE performance is in our courtyard and available for all to enjoy.

The Traveling Janes are an international band of seasoned and award winning performers who have all carved out respected profiles in the Early jazz and blues scene performing as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival.

Read more about the festival here. 



This year, it’s the festivals 40th anniversary, and the unique curved courtyard is acting as a backdrop for a one-off performance. The annual festival brings jazz and blues to Birmingham through free performances across the city. Musicians from all over the world have brought jazz to local bars, art galleries, even trams, and this year, they’ll be at the grade II* listed Roundhouse. No need to book, just join us in the courtyard.

Make a day of it and join us on a kayak tour before the performance.

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And why not have a picnic in our courtyard through the day.

About the festival:

Originally starting in 1985, the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival is England’s longest-established jazz and blues festivals and one of Europe’s biggest free jazz parties. This year, it’s the festival 40th anniversary!

The festival, as organised by Big Bear Music, regularly presents more than 200 performances, alongside workshops, talks, and exhibitions. Performances take place across Birmingham, from shopping centres to bars, from art galleries to libraries and even in trains and buses, and this year, the grade II* listed Roundhouse.

About the band:

The Traveling Janes are an international band of seasoned and award winning performers who have all carved out respected profiles in the Early jazz and blues scene. The name ‘Traveling Jane’ refers to a slang phrase given to a female performer from the late 19th/early 20th century vaudevillian traveling tent shows.

The band line up as:
Alison Affleck – Scotland / US, vocals.
Katie Cavera – U.S.A, banjo/guitar.
Amanda Lee – Singapore, piano.
Danielle Price – Norway, tuba.

Event Details

Sunday 21st July 2024

We open our gates at 9:30am, so you are more than welcome to visit the courtyard and our visitor centre before the performance starts. Please note that the band will be setting up from 2:30pm.
3:30pm - Performance begins.
5:30 pm - Performance ends.

Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours with an interval in the middle.

Suitable For: Ages 12+
Visitor Info
This event will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we do need to cancel due to poor weather, we will communicate at the earliest opportunity.

What to wear:
The performance takes place outside, so please wear clothing appropriate for every weather.

What to bring:
The courtyard is laid to cobbles, so bring a chair to make yourself comfortable for the performance. The performance will take place on our outdoor decking. Guests will be able to hear the music around our curved courtyard.

You're welcome to bring your own drinks, or pack a picnic if you'd like. There won't be any food or drink for sale during the event. Before or after the event, you can grab a drink at our neighbour Ristorante Caffe Arena or next door at the Distillery.

About the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival:

Starting in 1985, the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival is England's longest jazz and blues festival. It boasts a mostly free programme of Jazz performances across Birmingham with performances in restaurants, bars, art galleries and even a tram. It also runs workshops, talks and exhibitions throughout the programme, and is a celebration of music in the city. For more information, please visit the Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival Website.

Venue: The Roundhouse
Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE


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