Join us for an afternoon of Jazz with the KES/KEHS Senior Swing Band and guest musician, BBC Big Band Tenor Saxophonist, Martin Williams. Martin is an Old Edwardian and one of the country's most successful current saxophonists, having toured and worked with some of the biggest names in jazz, from Frank Mantooth and Wayne Bergeron to Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.
Public workshops will be running in the afternoon from 12.30 - 2.30pm, followed by the concert at 4.30pm.
Martin Williams studied jazz and saxophone with Gary Campbell at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Upon returning to the UK, he joined the BBC Big Band at the age of 24, and has featured in hundreds of broadcasts on BBC Radio 2's Big Band Special. Outside of the big band, Martin is one of London's most in-demand woodwind players, appearing with many different artists and ensembles in a wide variety of musical settings.
He has appeared on over 200 television shows, over 1,000 BBC Radio broadcasts, and played over 100 studio albums, including 20 number ones, 10 platinum albums and 5 Grammy nominated albums. In 2010 he received a Grammy nomination for his participation in Jessye Norman's album Roots: My Life, My Song.
He studied composition and orchestration at the Royal College of Music, and has been prolific as a writer and arranger. His compositions and arrangements have been played by the BBC Big Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Shirley Bassey, The Jacksons, Lionel Richie, Ronan Keating, Deacon Blue, Mica Paris, Michael Feinstein, Engelbert Humperdinck, James Morrison, Jessye Norman, Michael Ball, Will Young, Lulu, Clare Teal, Madeline Bell, Jamie Cullum, Amy Winehouse, and many more.
Entrance to the site is via the KES gates on Edgbaston Park Road. To access the site for parking you will require a gate code, this will be printed on the parking permits available to book with your ticket. Please see link above.
Parking is available along the main drive in the bays provided.
Should you have mobility issues, please contact the Box Office to book seats. Parking for the accessible route in to the Performing Arts Centre is available by entering the site from the Bristol Road, down Park Vale Drive, B5 7SP. Disabled parking is available at the rear of the Centre, and access is through the rear doors and via lift to the auditorium and foyer.