About Radical Jazz

Explore the Victorian Radicals exhibition after hours with accompanying performances by Val Wiseman and the Dave Newton Trio as part of the 40th Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival.

Val will be performing in two 50 minute sets (6-6.50pm and 7.10 – 8.00pm). Please note that this event will start at 6pm with admissions from 5.45pm.

Drinks will be available to purchase (card payments only).

In the Gas Hall at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Advance booking required (adults 18+).

About Val Wiseman

One of the UK’s finest jazz singers, Val Wiseman, born in West Bromwich, began her career over 60 years ago with the West Side Jazzmen. That was a prelude to much greater things, initially with the Second City Jazzmen, then on to national fame with Monty Sunshine’s band. She also had the chance to sing with the likes of Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Baker and Alex Welsh.

In the 1980s there began a long association with Lady Sings the Blues, a combination of the songs of Billie Holiday, Val’s artistry and the backing of an all-star band. The show was recorded twice – once in the studio, once live – and the response of Keith Howells in 'CD Review' was typical of the enthusiasm of reviewers:

‘Lady Day herself would have been proud of the quality of this musical tribute.’

Apart from recording various albums, notably 'Just for a Thrill' with Brian Dee, Bruce Adams and Jim Mullen, Val turned songwriter in her enthusiasm for the Brontes, writing a show, together with Brian Dee, 'Keeping the Flame Alive', which utilised Bronte lyrics and contained Val’s own response to situations in the sisters’ lives and novels.

‘The jazz idiom comes to her so naturally that her simplest phrase swings.’ – Dave Gelly

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